Dear Marietta College Community,

I am excited to announce that the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has made a gift of $250,000 to Marietta College to establish the Bank of America/David and Rosalee McCullough Research Fellowship Endowment.

The gift is made in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning author David McCullough and his wife, Rosalee. From 2017-19, McCullough spent time at Marietta College’s Special Collections conducting research for his book, The Pioneers.

The fellowship will allow Marietta to support a researcher-in-residence at the College.

We are deeply honored and grateful to Bank of America for this wonderful gift that will allow us to attract and recruit nationally relevant researchers to our campus. The researchers will have access to our valuable archives located in our world-class Special Collections, and they will reward our campus community and the community at large with public lectures, class discussions and even one-on-one opportunities for students conducting undergraduate research. This is an unbelievable opportunity for everyone involved.

The College has yet to determine when it will announce the first fellow, but the intent is to host two research fellows each academic year.

We will invite both young scholars working on dissertations, and established scholars and authors.

When ready, the College will accept proposals on all studies focusing on Early American History with special preference to studies focusing on Midwestern history — especially on the early settlement of Ohio and the Northwest Territory and more broadly on Ohio and the Mid-Ohio Valley.

Also, I want to send out a big thank you to everyone who helped make this possible. This is exciting news.

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management