2018-07-04 / Front Page

Ashlyn Cox wins scholarship to study in Fife, Scotland

Graduating senior Ashlyn Cox, Greencastle., Ind., has won a scholarship for postgraduate study at the University of St. Andrews in Fife, Scotland.

Ashlyn, a history and anthropology major, will pursue an MLitt degree in early modern European history. She is interested in the witch craze, when people - mostly women - were persecuted and killed, allegedly for practicing witchcraft.

A native of Greencastle, Ind., Ashlyn says she had not settled on an exact area of study when she entered DePauw but a class with history professor Barbara Whitehead sparked an interest in a similar career path. “Three years of taking interesting courses, working in the history department and acting as a summer research fellow inspired me further to pursue a career in academia,” she says.

The R&A Ransome Scholarship provides full tuition, housing costs and allowances for books and travel to well-rounded students from North America who have demonstrated leadership skills and wish to pursue a one-year course of study resulting in certain master’s degrees. Those include the degree Ashlyn will pursue - the MLitt, a specialized degree in literature, law, theology, history and related humanities. The acronym stands for Magister Litterarum, which is Latin for master of letters.

“The scholarship says that Ashlyn has conveyed not only her enthusiasm for history, but also her ability to do advanced work of the highest caliber,” says David Gellman, A.W. Crandall professor of history and History Department chair. “It says that she has initiative and confidence - and that she knows how to communicate her intellectual ambitions to people outside of her field.”

The award also says that DePauw “is the kind of place where, if you work hard and pursue your intellectual passions, you can succeed on a world stage,” Gellman says. “It says that the sort of rigorous training that the History Department offers students makes them competitive with students from all over North America. It says that our department and our university are devoted to maximizing potential so that students can realize their dreams.”

Founded in 1837, DePauw University is a top-ranked, 100 percent residential, private liberal arts university in Greencastle, Ind. Through its College of Liberal Arts and School of Music, DePauw provides highly personalized education in small classes, with 95 percent of its graduates employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation. DePauw is ranked fourth for study abroad, and 80 percent of students receive academic credit for off-campus study, including internships, independent projects and service work. The university is ranked in the top 20 for both graduate salaries and internship opportunities among private institutions, 8th for Fulbright Scholars, 8th for producing top business executives, eighth for graduate salaries, and second for Teach For America employees. Our graduates have a 90 percent acceptance rate for medical school and an 80 percent acceptance rate for law school, both well above the national average.

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