(MACON, GA.) – Mercer University student Beth Sherouse of Gainesville was recently accepted to the Gilder Lehrman History Scholars Program sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute. The daughter of Neil and Marsha Sherouse, she is one of 15 chosen nationwide to receive the honor, typically dominated by students from Ivy League institutions.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History invites college sophomores and juniors with a serious interest in American history to apply each year for one of 15 history scholarships that allow students to participate in a six-week residential research program in New York City.
Scholarship recipients are awarded $2,400 stipends plus room, board, travel and a funded program of seminars and institutional visits, to come to New York City for six weeks where they will engage in research projects under the guidance of leading historians. This year's program will run from June 20 to July 31.
During the program, scholarship recipients will be given assignments to conduct primary source research to prepare historical materials for publication. At the end of six weeks each student will have completed a project that will result in a publication credit as co-editor.
Scholars will also participate in weekly meetings with eminent historians, such as Eric Foner of Columbia University and Sean Wilentz of Princeton University, to discuss historical issues and gain insight into history as a profession.
Increasingly national and international in scope, the Gilder Lehrman Institute creates history-centered schools and academic research centers, organizes seminars and enrichment programs for educators, produces print and electronic publications and traveling exhibitions, and sponsors lectures by eminent historians. The Institute funds a number of awards including the Lincoln and Frederick Douglass Book Prizes and offers fellowships for scholars through the post-doctoral level to work in the Gilder Lehrman Collection and other archives.