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August 20, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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HOMETOWN RELEASE: Longview Resident Awarded 2009 UT Tyler History Scholarship

Daimwood

Samuel Daimwood of Tyler, formerly of Longview, is a 2009 history scholarship recipient at The University of Texas at Tyler.

Daimwood received the Edwin Morgan Smyrl and Frank H. Smyrl Endowed History Scholarship in the amount of $500.

The Edwin Morgan Smyrl and Frank H. Smyrl Endowed History Scholarship honors the memory of Dr. Frank H. Smyrl, the first historian to join the UT Tyler faculty, and his brother, historian Edwin Morgan Smyrl. Frank Smyrl was the founding department chair and dean of the UT Tyler College of Liberal Arts.

The Department of History presents scholarships to declared history majors in recognition of excellent academic performance and for the purpose of encouraging the study of history at the university. Daimwood will be recognized during an awards banquet in April 2010.

He will graduate with a bachelor of science degree in history in May 2010 and plans to pursue a teaching career with Teach to America and attend graduate school.

“Susan Wingerd, my high school history teacher, passed away in May,” he said. “Though she and I strongly disagreed on most political and historical issues, our discussions had always encouraged my study in the field of history. She’ll be missed, and I hope to pay some of her encouragement forward when I begin teaching myself."

Daimwood is the grandson of Jimmy Daimwood and son of Ellen Daimwood, both of Longview. He holds a 4.0 GPA at UT Tyler and is a member of the UT Tyler Phi Alpha Theta history and Pi Sigma Alpha political science honor societies.

He also is the former Precinct 2 chair for the Gregg County Democratic Party.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

 

 
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