The scholarship was created in 2013, in honour of the exiled Lutheran clergyman Richards Arturs Otto Zariņš (1913–2006). The Richards Zariņš Memorial Foundation (2013) was created on the initiative of his children – Kristaps and Bertrams Zariņš, and Antra Zariņa-Thrasher. The patrons living in the United States aspire to increasing and strengthening their compatriots’ understanding of the importance pertaining to historical issues in the life of the Latvian state and society. The aim of the scholarship is to support the most talented students of the University of Latvia (UL) Faculty of History and Philosophy in development of their master's theses.

Scholarship is intended for the most talented second-year students of the UL Faculty of History and Philosophy master's degree programme for development of their master’s theses.

Number of scholarships: 1.

Scholarship amount: EUR 2 640 per academic year.

Scholarship Commission: not specified.

Within a single academic year, the applicant may receive only one scholarship financed by the patrons of the University of Latvia Foundation.

Scholarship recipients

In the 2019/2020 academic year – Gundega Ziemele.
In the 2018/2019 academic year – Elīna Kļaviņa.
In the 2017/2018 academic year – Ginta Ieva Bikše.
In the 2016/2017 academic year – Beāte Lielmane.
In the 2015/2016 academic year – Zane Rozīte.
In the 2014/2015 academic year – Lelde Zemberga.
In the 2013/2014 academic year – Inna Gīle.