Senior Ashmead Receives Witherspoon Scholarship to Study in Scotland

May 25, 2017

Claire Ashmead; Photo by the Humanities Council

Princeton University senior Claire Ashmead has been awarded a Witherspoon Scholarship to study writing at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Established in 2015, the scholarship honors the historic ties between Princeton and Edinburgh, highlighting the role of John Witherspoon at both institutions, and is awarded annually to a Princeton senior. Ashmead is expected to begin her studies at Edinburgh in September.

A native of University Heights, Ohio, Ashmead is a history major who is also earning certificates in Chinese language and culture, creative writing and humanistic studies. She wrote two senior theses: a comparative study of artists on trial during McCarthyism and the Chinese Cultural Revolution; and, for her certificate in creative writing, a novella “The Camel-Haired Coat,” about a young woman whose grief summons the ghost of her mother.

“The University of Edinburgh is the perfect place for me to pursue a more intensive education in creative writing, with a strong research component,” Ashmead wrote in her application. “I look forward to working on fiction that synthesizes historical research with a vivid imagination.”

Ashmead said that as a writer and a historian she is looking forward to immersing herself in the “storied history” of Edinburgh.

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