Gilder Lehrman Scholarship in American History at St. John Fisher College, in partnership with the Rochester Historical Society Details
Scholarship recipients will receive a $5,000 award each year for four years, subject to maintaining eligibility. The Gilder Lehrman Scholarship in American History at St. John Fisher College will challenge students to unravel complex, often conflicting interpretations of history while making judgments regarding the human and moral implications of actions, events, and ideas, enhanced through hands-on access to the archives and resources held by “Rochester’s Story Keeper,” the Rochester Historical Society (RHS).
Scholarship recipients will have the opportunity to individualize their undergraduate experience by engaging in internships or independent studies through which they will work closely with a faculty mentor on work that could include:
- Research informed by RHS artifacts, resulting in internal and external presentations and recognized scholarship.
- Participation in the regional work to retell and deepen the understanding of history, incorporating how race, class, and inequities have shaped Monroe County history.
- Working with K-12 school districts locally, engaging students in new ways of learning about Monroe County history through access to archives and other hands-on experiences.
St. John Fisher College will seek candidates who have an interest in pursuing studies in History. Priority will also be given to candidates who are drawn from within the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, and then New York State generally. Students will be required to maintain a 2.5 GPA each year of participation in the program. All other standard college admission requirements apply.
How to Apply
Students will be selected for the scholarship by St. John Fisher College’s Office of Student Financial Services in cooperation with the History Department and the Admissions Office based on the criteria established. Students with interest in the scholarship can reach out to Student Financial Services, specifically Marie Fico, Director of Student Financial Services, at 585-385-8324 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that St. John Fisher College accepts the Common Application, and for Fall 2021 has a test-optional admissions policy.