Oldham grad earns fellowship at University of Kentucky

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The University of Kentucky Gaines Center for the Humanities has selected 11 undergraduates, including Elizabeth Schaller of La Grange, as new scholars in UK’s Gaines Fellowship Program.

Gaines Fellowships are given in recognition of students’ outstanding academic performance, demonstrated ability to conduct independent research, interest in public issues, and desire to enhance understanding of the human condition through the humanities.

Fellowships are awarded for the tenure of the student’s junior and senior years, or for the last two years of a five-year program; students in all disciplines and with any intended profession are given equal consideration.

Schaller, the daughter of Theresa and Tim Schaller, is a 2009 graduate of Oldham County High School. A sophomore at UK, she is majoring in history and art history.

Schaller is a Chellgren Student Fellow and recipient of a National Merit Scholarship. In addition, she has been on the dean’s list for three semesters.

Schaller teaches Sunday school at the UK Catholic Newman Center, is a member of the Peer Resource Team, and serves as secretary of Keeneland Hall Government.

Upon graduating, Schaller hopes to pursue a graduate degree in library science.

The Gaines Fellowship carries a stipend of $2,000 in a scholar’s junior year and $3,000 in their senior year.
In addition to the course requirements, Gaines Fellows enjoy a rich program of field trips, lectures, and other activities designed to widen and deepen their educational experience.

“I hope to have many academically enriching experiences that will help to shape my plans for the future,” Schaller said.

Founded in 1984 by a gift from John and Joan Gaines, the Gaines Center functions as a laboratory for imaginative and innovative education.

Devoted to cultivating an appreciation of the humanities in its students and faculty, the Gaines Center embraces varied paths of knowledge, and particularly strives to integrate creative work with traditional academic learning.