Great Books Offering Scholarships in Honor of Historian Joseph J. Ellis

Joe Ellis author photoHey History Lovers!  This year, Great Books is offering two scholarships for attendance at the Amherst campus in honor of historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph J. Ellis.  Every 4th of July, Joe comes to campus to discuss Independence Day and, for those interested in the scholarship, we want to get your take on what is the most interesting aspect in the founding of our country. Was there a certain figure that stood out to you? An act? A battle? We want to know!

Ellis is one of the nation’s foremost scholars of American history and the author of Pulitzer Prize-winning Founding Brothers, National Book Award winning American Sphinx, and the forthcoming Revolutionary Summer: The Birth of American Independence (Knopf, June 2013).  These scholarships are based on a minimum 500 word essay on the creation of America.

To apply for the Joseph J. Ellis scholarships families need to complete the standard and financial aid applications along with submitting the required essay. The deadline is May 17, 2013 and entries should be sent to the address below.

“I am honored and thrilled that the Great Books Summer Program has created these scholarships in my name,” said Ellis. “These scholarships go to a cause that I believe is really worthy. The program is based on an elegantly simple idea—bringing bright kids together to read great works and classic texts, which is the closest thing to sacred for me.”

“For the last ten years, Joseph Ellis has generously shared his time and expertise with our students, who look forward to his inspired talks about the founding of our country. We could not be more pleased to honor him by offering these scholarships in his name,” said David Ward, founder and Executive Director of The Great Books Summer Program.

Submit applications and essays to:
The Great Books Summer Foundation
P.O. Box 743
Fairfield, CT 06824

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