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Undergraduate Funding

Undergraduate AMST majors have the opportunity to apply for the David A. Ellis Memorial Scholarship Endowment.

McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., and the family and friends of David A. Ellis created the David A. Ellis Memorial Scholarship Endowment to honor the late student’s memory and to inspire outstanding undergraduates for years to come.

David, a popular deejay on the campus radio station, was less than one semester away from receiving his Bachelor of Arts degree in American studies when his promise-filled life was cut short by a fatal fire in his college apartment in January 2006. David was a passionate advocate of hip hop music and culture who also enjoyed rock music and studied classical violin. He was eager to investigate cultures different than his own, and enjoyed experiencing them during visits to numerous American cities and on two trips to Asia. David—like his interests—was simply impossible to pigeonhole.

The recipient is selected each spring semester from American studies majors who plan to be in residence the following fall semester on the basis of academic merit and a written essay. To apply, be on the lookout for the call for applications sent by email to eligible American studies undergraduates from the director of undergraduate studies each year.


2007-2008       Kathryn Baxter

2008-2009       Roxana Rahmani

2009-2010       Ibironke Olayimika

2010-2011       Kristen Tadrous

2011-2012       Anna Yuwen

2012-2013       Ellen Gillingham

2013-2014       Manuel Nunez

2014-2015       Alex Pryor

2015-2016       Kalyn Cai

2016-2017       Alaska Burndette

2017-2018     Lindsay Vaughn Allen

2018-2019     Hannah Robinson

2019-2020     Marjorie Justine Antonio