History major Joshua Logsdon has worked for two years under the supervision of history professors David Dewar and Shirley Eoff (director of the Honors Program) to produce a project of remarkable achievement. Logsdon discovered west Texas counties providing public aid to the indigent at the turn of the twentieth century. He has produced and presented three papers on the topic as he learned more about it. His most recent paper, “Western Welfare: the Pauper System in West Texas, 1870-1930” has received the 2014 West Texas Historical Association Best Student Essay Prize. He earned a cash prize and the right to present his paper to the West Texas Historical Association’s annual meeting. In addition, Josh is one of 15 students nationwide to win the Gilder Lehrman History Scholar Award sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The award recognized outstanding graduating college seniors who have demonstrated academic excellence, dedication to the study of American history, and a commitment to public service and community involvement. He will attend a seminar in New York City June 6 – 9, 2014.