Scholarships available for history camp with Civil War scholar

Dr. James Finck, coordinator of the USAO Summer History Camp, talks with students at the 2013 camp that featured Dr. James “Bud” Robertson as the keynote speaker. High school students over the age of 16 are encouraged to apply online for one of 20 scholarships to attend this year’s camp, featuring author and scholar Dr. Daniel Sutherland, for free.

Scholarships available for history camp with Civil War scholar


Oklahoma high school students ages 16 and up have an opportunity to learn about the Civil War while experiencing a taste of college life in an upcoming history camp at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

The camp is scheduled for June 9 and 10.

Twenty students will be competitively chosen from applicants to the USAO Summer History Camp Scholarship.

The scholarship includes room and board, participation in several presentations on the Civil War and an exclusive meeting with Civil War scholar, Dr. Daniel Sutherland, a distinguished professor of history at the University of Arkansas.

The deadline for application is May 31.

Dr. James Finck, assistant professor of American history and coordinator of the Summer History Camp, said that the camp was created to give students with an interest in history an opportunity to learn about it from nationally recognized scholars.

“Dr. Sutherland is responsible for changing how historians look at the Civil War,” Finck said. “His research is showing the depth and importance that guerrilla warfare had on the conflict, not only militarily but on the lives of average citizens as well.”

The camp includes three presentations from USAO faculty covering different historical topics, VIP seats for Sutherland’s keynote address on guerrilla warfare during the Civil War and an exclusive breakfast meeting with the visiting scholar.

Scholarship recipients will spend the night of June 9 in the Lawson Court Apartments on campus at no cost.

History teachers are also welcome at the camp, although they are responsible for their own food and lodging.

The Summer History Camp is one component of USAO’s annual Summer History Symposium, which has attracted some of America’s most respected scholars on the Civil War to Oklahoma over the past four years.

More information about the camp can be obtained by calling Finck at 574-1229.