CLEMSON — Emily Hopkins of Pendleton, a recent graduate of Clemson University, is one of 15 winners of the 2012 Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award. Selected from candidates across the country, the award recognizes outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence in American history or American studies.

Hopkins, a history major, will travel to New York City June 8-11 where the awardees will participate in a series of special presentations in their honor, including meetings with eminent scholars, exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of historic archives and an awards dinner. Museum and archive visits will include stops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New-York Historical Society, and Museum of the City of New York, with talks and discussions led by Kenneth T. Jackson, David Blight, Carol Berkin and Thomas Lannon.

Since 1994, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has promoted history education through an array of national programs. In 2012, the institute developed this new award program to recognize the scholastic achievements of undergraduate American history students throughout the nation.