Wesley Phillips Newton, Jr. Endowed Scholarship

The Wesley Phillips Newton Jr. Endowed Scholarships in history were established with a generous gift to Auburn University from Merlin Newton in memory of her husband Dr. Wesley Newton. They will be award to a history major who demonstrates high academic achievement, and with preference for a student who is studying the history of aviation or Latin America. In the case there are no qualifying students with this interest, the award may be given to a high achieving history major studying any field.

Wesley Phillips Newton Jr. was born in 1925 in Montgomery, Alabama, where he graduated from Sydney Lanier High School. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge in Germany in 1944, for which he received a Purple Heart, and was a prisoner of war until April 1945. After returning home from war, he attended the University of Missouri, where he received a B.A. in English, and later the University of Alabama, where he received both an M.A. and Ph.D. in history. He was a professor of history for three decades, including for over two decades at Auburn University, where he obtained the rank of full professor. Newton was a prolific scholar who published several books and dozens of book chapters and academic articles. His scholarship covered a wide array of topics, including Latin American history, military history, aviation history, and the history of Montgomery (the city of his birth and death). In his retirement, in addition to publishing several books and articles, he devoted countless hours to civic and volunteer organizations in Montgomery, including the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum (serving as its first executive director). He was married to Merlin Elaine Newton, Ph.D., also a historian, and had three children and two grandchildren.

The scholarship carries with it a stipend of up to $500 to defray tuition costs.

Apply for this scholarship using Auburn University Scholarship Opportunity Manager (AUSOM).

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Director of Undergraduate Studies

Matt Malczycki

Matt Malczycki

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies
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Last Updated: October 04, 2016