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DAR Awards $1000 Scholarship in American History

SAVANNAH, GA—The Savannah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) has awarded Lyle Perkins, a senior majoring in history at Armstrong Atlantic State University, the 2001-2002 American History Scholarship. The award, given in the amount of $1,000 annually, is presented to the top American history major at the university in memory of Hazelle B. Tuthill, a former history teacher in the Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools.

The awarding of the scholarship comes at a time when Perkins is polishing his research paper on the origins of the Georgia state flag for publication in a historical journal. He says the scholarship will allow him to cut back hours at work to devote more time to the additional research needed to complete the paper. He plans to carry out the research in the state archives in Atlanta.

Perkins is a member of the Sigma Theta Chapter of Phi Alpha Theta, the national history honor society. He has received the AASU Alumni Association's William W. Stokes Non-Traditional Student Scholarship for the 2001-02 academic year and has received the Minority Academic Achievement Scholars Program's Academic Excellence Award multiple times. He also is a two-time recipient of the Dixie Crystal Scholarship for Prospective Educators.

The Savannah Chapter of the DAR created the Tuthill Scholarship to honor the memory of a woman who was an exemplary member of the group for much of her life. She served as president of the Savannah chapter and vice president of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), and held various other positions on both the local and national levels. Tuthill was also instrumental in the establishment of Meadow Gardens in Augusta, the home of George Walton, the Georgia signer of the Declaration of Independence.

The NSDAR was founded in 1890, and more than 800,000 women have joined the organization through the years. Included in its objectives are to keep alive the memory and spirit of the men and women who helped achieve American independence, and to spread knowledge about the American Revolution in an effort to enlighten public opinion.



October 18, 2000

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