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History Major Wins Phi Alpha Theta Scholarship

May 3, 2012 -

Senior history major Elaura Highfield received word from the national office of Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society on May 3, 2012, that she had won the society’s A. F. Zimmerman Scholarship worth $1,250 for graduate study in history. Dr. Graydon Tunstall, the executive director of Phi Alpha Theta, praised Elaura in his letter of congratulations for earning “this prestigious and highly competitive honor. You should be extremely proud of this achievement.”

Elaura will use the scholarship at Middle Tennessee State University, where she will begin a master’s program in public history in the fall. In talking about the scholarship, Elaura expressed gratitude to her professors for encouraging her in her academic work and in her pursuit of graduate school, and added, “Without their help and guidance, graduate school and my scholarship would have been near impossible to achieve.”

History major Elaura Highfield expresses delight as she accepts a History Major Award at the history department's awards banquet on the evening of May 3, 2012. She also received word earlier in the day that she had won a national Phi Alpha Theta scholarship for graduate study in history.