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ONU Junior Honored

Carol WilsonThe Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in New York City has selected Carol M. Wilson, a junior double major in history and professional writing from Royal Oak, Mich., as one of 10 Gilder Lehrman History Scholars for 2010.

This Gilder Lehrman award is the most prestigious in the nation for students studying U.S. history. Wilson was selected from among 220 applicants from 150 of the top university history programs. Past recipients have gone on to study at the most prestigious graduate programs in the United States and Britain.

Wilson will participate in the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program, a five-week residential history program in which History Scholars conduct primary-source research on rare, unpublished historical manuscripts in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. This summer’s History Scholars will focus on secession and the Civil War.

History Scholars will meet in small seminars with some of the most eminent historians at work in the United States today. They will receive behind-the-scenes tours of rare archives at the New York Historical Society, the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Each History Scholar will complete an original research project under the supervision of the program director.

“This is one of the most exciting moments of my life,” said Wilson. “It means a great deal to me to have my hard work recognized and confirms that I am on the right career path. The program will give me a great opportunity to network with history professionals, and it will open many more opportunities for me after I graduate from ONU.”

Dr. John Lomax, Ohio Northern professor of history, said of Wilson, “I am delighted, but not surprised, to hear of Carol’s achievement. She is the ‘genuine article’ and capable of scholarship on a level that is uncommon even among graduate students.”

Gilder Lehrman History Scholars receive a fellowship worth $10,000. It includes tuition, books, field trips, a travel allowance of $600 for transportation to and from the program in New York City, room and board, and a $2,200 personal stipend.

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