BETHANY, W.Va. – Edward Sloane, a senior English major at Bethany College, is the recipient of the James Still Fellowship for Graduate Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Sloane is the son of Ed and Kit Sloane of Wheeling.

The Still Fellowship is available for graduate study in the humanities and social sciences at the University of Kentucky for an entering student who is a graduate of an independent college in the Appalachian areas of Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, West Virginia or Virginia, or is a resident of the Appalachian area.

The fellowship, named to honor author James Still, is endowed by a gift from the Bingham Fund and are 12-month awards, as long as the fellow remains enrolled.

Sloane will pursue a Master of Art degree in History of British Africa. He would like to earn his Ph.D. and remain in academia as a professor.

"I'm most excited about having the opportunity to strengthen my understanding of history and to devote myself to particular subjects in that field I have a strong passion for," he said.

"I have had great professors (at Bethany) who have made me eager to want to continue in the field of history and who have encouraged and supported me – keeping me interested in learning and helping me to achieve my potential. I owe this achievement largely to their efforts," Sloane said.