Scholarship helps student discover passion for history.
One reason students come to UMW is because of the wide range of opportunities and possibilities for majors and minors. That is the case for Gillian Brown ’22, who is majoring in historic preservation with a minor in museum studies.
“I chose these subjects because of my love for history,” says Gillian. “I was drawn by the practical aspect of historic preservation and my ever-growing love of the museum experience.”
Gillian is a recipient of the Mansheim Scholarship in Historic Preservation, and she is grateful that it allows her to pursue her passion for history and have time for extra-curricular activities. In her free time, she is an intern at Pro-Rep Sales; she is the secretary for the Museum Student Society; and she enjoys swing dancing. At one time, she worked at the Rising Sun Tavern Museum, a living history museum in downtown Fredericksburg.
Gillian does admit that it is a bit challenging being a student during the COVID pandemic, but says UMW is an amazing community. “UMW has encouraged me and my classmates to reach out to each other either in class or outside of class,” she says. “They want us to learn from each other and with each other.”.
Gillian is fortunate to have found her passion. After graduation, she hopes to work in museum administration or collections management in a museum.
Written by Darlene Mugisha ’21