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Campaign Started to Raise Funds for Permanent Endowment of Studentships

J. Burke Wilkinson Shows Value Of Lionel deJersey Award To Honor Seniors

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Now under way among unite of the Associated Harvard Clubs is an extensive drive to raise $30,000 for the permanent endowment of the Lionel deJersey Harvard Studentships, it was announced by J. Burke Wilkinson '35, executive vice-chairman of the scholarship committee.

Since 1925 the graduate organization has made it possible for a carefully selected Senior to study for a year at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and the British university has cooperated by donating the rooms occupied by John Harvard.

Bond Grows Closer

Pointing out the importance of the scholastic fund Wilkinson wrote in a recent number of the Alumni Bulletu: "The Tercentenary Celebration, stressing as it did the strong bond between the Old World University and the New, was the climax of this increasing recognition.

"At this time a Committee was formed to raise funds to endow the Studentship." The campaign swings into action with the full approval of President Conant and the Associated Harvard Clubs.

Named for Graduate

According to a circular sent out by George C. Cutler '14, the Lionel deJersey Harvard scholarship was so named because he was a collateral descendent of the University's founder, because he was the first of the name in nearly 300 years to be enrolled as a student here, and because "he died gallantly in action, as an acting captain of the Grenadier Guards, at Arras on March 30, 1917."

In 1922 plans to commemorate the Englishman were first formulated under the direction of Club President Langdon Marvin '98 "to bind in closer friendship the Cambridges of England and America." Every year since 1925 a University graduate has been in residence at Emmanuel College.

Honor Holds High Place

"With the years, the Studentship has grown in honor and dignity until today it is the ranking American scholarship in Cambridge. Because the men selected by Harvard have been scholars and leaders, too, the Harvard Scholar has become a popular and respected figure in Cambridge undergraduate life," says Wilkinson.

Sustained through the contributions of J. P. Morgan '89 and Randolph C. Grow '95 the scholarship has been maintained for twelve years. At the Tercentenary officials of Emmanuel College announced that their financial contribution would be raised from Pound 70 to Pound 170 "in recognition of the event and the honor in which they held the visiting Harvard men."

Of the scholarship holders in the past most prominent are Victory H. Harding '31 and Stanton Whitney, Jr. '34, Varsity football players, and Oscar Sutermeister '33, the pole-vaulter.

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