Alexa Wallace '16 Wins Gilder Lehrman Scholar Award

May 10, 2016

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Senior Alexa Wallace (Woodstock, Conn.) has won the Gilder Lehrman Scholar award - an award given to only 15 outstanding college juniors and seniors nationwide. Wallace is the only history major in New Hampshire to win the distinction of a Gilder Lehrman Scholar.

Award winners are selected based on their demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies, as well as a commitment to public service and community involvement.

 “[Alexa] has demonstrated exceptional commitment to the History Major—devotion to the History Club as founding president, a fine record of public scholarship, sustained exploration of class assignments, tireless work as a tutor,” said Mary Kelly, professor of History at Franklin Pierce University. “She is a two-year recipient of our Clio Award for outstanding service, and we’re delighted with her citation as a Gilder Lehrman Scholar. This very selective accolade caps a wonderful undergraduate career.”

The award includes a five-day trip to New York City, June 6–10, 2016, where she will participate in a program of special presentations, including meetings with eminent scholars.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization founded by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman in 1994. It’s devoted to the improvement of history education. The organization has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students in all 50 states and a website that features 60,000 unique historical documents. The White House, the National Endowment for Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians have recognized its programs.


                 An education that matters.

Franklin Pierce University is a regionally accredited university grounded in the liberal arts, with a focus on personal attention and high-quality instruction. The University consists of the College at Rindge and the College of Graduate & Professional Studies with locations in Arizona and throughout New Hampshire. Degrees are offered through the doctoral level. The institutional mission embraces an education that matters: one that achieves academic success through the integration of liberal arts and professional programs. Our community of educators and learners creates an environment that fosters intellectual curiosity and encourages experiential and applied learning. A Franklin Pierce experience enables each student to discover and fulfill his or her own unique potential. We prepare students to become confident, knowledgeable individuals and leaders of conscience.

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