Sophomore Bailey Ludwig’s upcoming year at a 522-year-old university in Scotland may be the perfect place to hone her interest in medieval literature.
As a St. Andrews Scholar, she will spend next year at the University of Aberdeen, founded in 1495.
“I am excited to spend an extended time somewhere,” said the Litiz native, who did tour Europe in high school, but went from country to country.
The St. Andrews Scholarship is given by the St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia through a selective process that includes an interview and essay. Ludwig, an English major and classics minor, wrote about how the year in Aberdeen will offer a broad array of classics courses, and about her interest in Scottish literature.
Her first and favorite Ursinus English class, on medieval romance, cemented her love of the genre, and led to her major. She wrote that she reads “as much and as thoroughly as possible so I can develop a better understanding of the world through the different cultures and beliefs that authors reveal through their writing,” which is what she finds rewarding about reading.
“My decision to minor in classics was also driven by this desire to understand and make connections as classical literature, language, art, and philosophy have helped to shape the modern world,” she wrote.
A member of Sigma Tau Delta, she also has interest in fencing, which she may seek out in Scotland. She is a participant in the club Feminists in Action.
Ursinus is one of only 30 colleges and universities whose students can be awarded this scholarship, and the college can only nominate one student each year. The St. Andrews Society Foundation sends five students each year to study at Edinburgh, St. Andrews, Glasgow and Aberdeen universities, and brings one student from St. Andrews University to study at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ludwig, who is the recipient of the Mutch Scholarship, brings the St. Andrews Scholarship back to Ursinus for the first time since 2013. But an Ursinus student was the first St. Andrews scholar, according to the society history. In 1958 the society selected the late William Godshalk ’59, who went on to earn his Ph.D. at Harvard and become an English professor.– By Wendy Greenberg