Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Claxton Memorial Scholarship Established at University of West Georgia

The University of West Georgia is privileged to announce the establishment of the Robert Ray and Bula Adams Claxton Memorial Scholarship. Dr. Robert H. Claxton, professor emeritus of history at UWG, created the scholarship to honor his parents, Robert Ray and Bula Adams Claxton.

“Neither of my parents finished high school. Like many at that time, college was not really an option for them,” said Claxton. “I think they would be pleased that something was being done for education in their names.”

The memorial scholarship will be awarded to a student majoring in history at UWG. A committee of faculty in the Department of History will annually select the recipient.

Robert Ray Claxton was born in Buffalo, N.Y. in 1891. During his lifetime, Claxton witnessed many historical events, including the swearing in of President Theodore Roosevelt after the assassination of William McKinley.

Bula Adams Claxton was born in Porterville, N.Y. in 1900. Her education included attending the Marilla District No. 7 School and East Aurora High School. She later became the Porterville postmaster serving for nearly 20 years.

“This year marks the 50th anniversary of my graduating from high school and the 50th year of UWG granting history degrees,” said Claxton. “Now seems like a good time to think about the past and who helped get us here. Knowing where we come from helps prepare us for the future and what we can do to help future generations.”

For more information on this scholarship, call 678-839-6582.

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