Dustin Sanders ’10 and Thomas Coles ’12 were selected as 2009-2010 George C. Marshall Undergraduate Scholars, two of 15 students chosen this year.
Dustin, a history major from Lexington, S.C., will continue his work on a project looking at U.S. foreign relations regarding occupied Germany in the context of the early Cold War. Dustin won a Schewel Research Grant last summer and traveled to Clemson University to do research in their archives. This project grew out of a history paper last year, and he is currently expanding the project for his senior thesis.
Thomas, a history major and Westover Fellow from Lynchburg, will be conducting research for his ongoing history research project. He is examining George C. Marshall’s trip to China in 1945 and the impact this experience had on Marshall’s ideas for providing aid to China.
The George C. Marshall Research Library in Lexington, Va. affords research and writing opportunities in 20th-century (1898-1960) diplomatic/military history and political affairs. The purpose of the Marshall Scholarship program is to give undergraduate students at selected Virginia and Mid-Atlantic colleges an opportunity to do research and writing using primary materials. Students may utilize the resources and collections of the Marshall Research Library, as well as those of other archival repositories, colleges, and universities. The scholar may choose any subject involving 20th-century diplomatic and military history or political affairs from 1898 to 1960 – the approximate dates of George C. Marshall’s public service.
The Marshall Scholarship includes a $250 cash award. The paper judged most outstanding will receive the Larry I. Bland Scholars Prize and an additional $500 prize.
Dr. Brian Crim, assistant professor of history, helped interested students complete the application process. Dr. Crim was himself a Marshall scholar in 1994 when he was then a student at James Madison University, and he researched the origins of the Cold War in Germany.