Bridgewater College’s Ewan Benjamin Awarded Petcher Scholarship

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Bridgewater College sophomore Ewan Benjamin received the Esther Mae Wilson Petcher Memorial Scholarship for the 2023-24 academic year.

The scholarship is named in memory of Esther Mae Wilson Petcher, a member of the Bridgewater class of 1944 and a former missionary to Nigeria. The grant is given each year to a student in good academic standing who demonstrates leadership in campus activities with an emphasis on religious life.

Benjamin is a history and political science major with a religion and philosophy minor from Boones Mill, Va. He is involved in the College’s Jazz Band, Spiritual Life Board and Comitatus, a group that promotes the safe study and practice of the Western martial arts. During his time at BC, Benjamin completed research titled “Immigrants, Refugees or Spies? A Look Into Eastern-European Migration from 1947-1957,” presented at A Celebration of the Arts, Scholarship, Performance, Innovation and Research Excellence (ASPIRE) in 2023.

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