Members of Alpha Chi, a national collegiate honor society at Gardner-Webb University, earned top honors at the society’s national convention held recently in Louisville, Ky. Christian Jessup of Boiling Springs, N.C., won a Gaston Scholarship, and Hannah Ray of High Point, N.C., won a Nolle Scholarship.
The Gaston Scholarships, worth $3,000 each, are presented to the two highest-rated submissions at the convention. “We have never won a Gaston Scholarship before,” said Dr. June Hobbs, Professor of English, Director of Undergraduate Research and Alpha Chi sponsor. “Christian came in first of the 65 submissions with nearly perfect scores from all judges.”
Jessup, a senior music composition major, presented a paper describing the original score he wrote for the 1977 blockbuster, Star Wars, “New Music for a Galaxy Far, Far Away.” In addition to the scholarship, he also won the best presentation prize in the Art/Music/Dance papers category. His research for the project was funded by the GWU Undergraduate Research Scholars program.