Gary and Eleanor Shumaker Scholarship History and Art History

Awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate History major who intends to pursue graduate work in history at Mason in order to obtain certification as a secondary school social studies teacher.

2021 Awardees

Colin Pendergast

Colin Pendergast

History

Colin Pendergast is a senior pursuing a bachelor of arts in history and is currently attending the first year of a master’s program in secondary education at George Mason University. Colin is originally from Connecticut; however, he plans on staying in Virginia for the foreseeable future. During his academic career, Colin has taken a profound interest in learning about history through the use of film and plans on exploring mankind’s most infamous authoritarians in his future work. Colin will be graduating with his BA this summer while simultaneously pursuing a profession as a high school social studies teacher. In his spare time, he enjoys watching Spaghetti Westerns, playing competitive video games, and engaging in heated conversations with his friends regarding the past, present and future of Star Wars lore.  

2020 Awardees

Karen Nguyen

2019 Awardees

Diana Ortega Salcedo