WASHINGTON, Pa. (July 17, 2013)—Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) Class of 2013 Valedictorian Nathan Michaux of Beaver, Pa., has been named one of fifteen winners of the 2013 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award.
Selected from candidates across the country, the award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies.
Michaux was W&J’s 2013 recipient of the Rotary Club of Washington’s Student Academic Award. He also received the Henry Willson Temple Prize in History, The Maria Leonard Senior Book Award, The Alfred Henry Sweet Prize in History and The Robert Harbison Bible Prize. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and plans to attend law school at William & Mary College
Last month, the Gilder Lehrman Institute brought the awardees to New York City for a series of special presentations in their honor, including meetings with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of historic archives, and an awards dinner. Museum and archive visits included stops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Gilder Lehrman Collection, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, with talks and discussions led by Kenneth T. Jackson, Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Adrienne Petty.
Since 1994, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has promoted history education through an array of national programs. In 2012, the Institute developed the History Scholar Award to recognize the scholastic achievements of undergraduate American history students throughout the nation. This year’s award honors students across 8 states.