Thank you for your interest in making a gift to the Department of American Studies. The generous support and continued involvement of our alumni and friends allow us to sustain a high level of quality in our teaching, research, and service.

Whether your gift is large or small, your support is deeply meaningful to us. Thank you for your consideration.

How to Give

Giving is quick, easy, and secure: Click on a gift fund to visit the University’s secure online giving page, The form will be pre-filled for the fund of your choice if you follow one of the links on this page.

The American Studies Department Gift Fund

This general fund is used for anything related to the department’s activities, such as hosting guest speakers, faculty or student research, travel to conferences, and other expenses. Give to the American Studies Department Gift Fund.

The Louise B. Tate Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund

This scholarship is named in memory of Louise B. Tate, an undergraduate major at the University. The fund supports both undergraduate majors and graduate students to help them purchase books and supplies, or with research travel. Give to the Louise Bryant Tate Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The Olecia Robbin White Memorial Scholarship Fund

This scholarship honors the memory of Olecia Robbin White, an undergraduate major at the University. The fund is awarded to junior or senior AMS majors who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement. Give to the Olecia Robbin White Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The James M. Salem Memorial Scholarship Fund

This award recognizes undergraduate majors who display both academic excellence and financial need. It is named in honor of James M. Salem, the Department Chair of American Studies from 1984 to 2007. He was also the director of the program from 1968 to 1974, before it became a department. Give to the James M. Salem Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund.

The John P. Ahlstrom Endowed Travel Research Fund

This fund honors the memory of John P. Ahlstrom, an AMS graduate student at the University. The grant supports graduate student travel for research and conferences. Give to the John Paul Ahlstrom Endowed Travel Research Fund.

The Rose M. Gladney Lecture on Justice and Social Change

This lecture series annually hosts a prominent guest speaker who addresses issues of justice and social change. The series is named in honor of Rose M. Gladney, a retired associate professor of American Studies who specialized in LGBTQ studies and Southern studies. Give to the Rose Gladney Endowed Lecture for Justice and Social Change.

Questions? Contact the Department Chair Edward Tang at (205) 348-9762.