Harpster Selected as 2010 Beinecke Scholar

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Grace Harpster, a junior pursuing a double major in Art History and German Studies and a minor in Classical Studies, has been selected as a 2010 Beinecke Scholar. Grace was nominated by Tulane in February, and is one of only 20 winners of this prestigious award this year. The Beinecke Scholarship program encourages students to "be courageous in the choice of a graduated course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences" by awarding a generous scholarship of $34,000 to support students in graduate school. Grace intends to pursue a graduate degree in the history of art and a career as an art historian. Her academic interests range from religious art in the European Counter-Reformation to art in the Islamic world.

Grace was in Berlin when she was notified that she had won the Beinecke Scholarship. She is spending the year studying at the Humboldt University and interning at the Museum for Islamic Art of the Pergamon Museum. When she returns for her senior year, she will commence work on her honors thesis, and on her planning for graduate school.

Please join us in congratulating Grace on this prestigious award. Special credit also goes to Dr. Scott Pentzer, Associate Director of the Honors Program, who worked with Grace long-distance for several months to help her develop her application. Grace also benefited from the guidance and support of her faculty mentors, especially Professors Holly Flora (Art History) and Elio Brancaforte (German).

For more information on the Beinecke Scholarship program, and a full list of this year’s winners, visit

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