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Batavia High School graduate awarded writing scholarship

Published: Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013 5:15 p.m. CDT

BATAVIA – Rachael Spalding of Batavia recently received a Howard Nemerov Writing Scholarship from Washington University in St. Louis. Spalding graduated from Batavia High School in 2013,  and will be a freshman in the university’s College of Arts and Sciences in the fall.

The scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen in the College of Arts and Sciences who demonstrate exceptional writing talent. The award is for $3,000 and is renewable for four years.

The Nemerov scholars participate in a series of educational experiences designed to meet the needs and interests of writers.

Experiences include enrollment in the Howard Nemerov Writing Seminar, submission of their work to campus publications, participation in writing-intensive group activities and the earning of a minor in English writing.

The scholarship is named after the late Howard Nemerov, who taught at the university for more than 20 years. During his 50 years as a writer, Nemerov wrote more than 25 books.

In 1978, he won both a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He was one of 11 people awarded the National Medal of the Arts in 1987 by former President Ronald Reagan.

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