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Mary Elizabeth Osborne Named Presidential Scholar at University of the Cumberlands


Dr. Jim Taylor, president of University of the Cumberlands names Mary Elizabeth Osborne a Presidential Scholar during Commencement exercises.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky.- At University of the Cumberlands, academically exceptional students receive the opportunity to work extensively within their major fields, through advanced independent study or creative activity. To qualify to participate in this program, students must be juniors or seniors with minimal grade point standings of 3.30 overall and 3.50 in the major field and meet approval of their major departments as being capable of scholarly work. An approved student carries out honors research during two consecutive semesters of the student’s last two years of college. Each person who produces a superior piece of research is designated a “Presidential Scholar” at graduation. This year’s one Presidential Scholar is Mary Elizabeth Osborne, the daughter of Patrick and Nancy Osborne of Indianapolis, Indiana. Her research project was entitled “The Melting Pot Boils Over: The American Legion's Response to the Immigration Acts of 1921 and 1924.” Osborne, who graduated Summa cum Laude, received a Bachelor of Arts in History and carried a double minor in English and French. To graduate Summa cum Laude a student must have a grade point standing of 3.95 to 4.00. Additionally, Osborne received the History and Political Science Award during the University’s Honors Day program, and she was named to Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities.