Travel Research Fund in American Studies Pays Tribute to Former Student

A travel research fund in the College’s Department of American Studies was established this year with a gift of $40,000 in honor of the late John Paul Ahlstrom of Montgomery. Ahlstrom attended the College in 1964 and became a steadfast admirer of UA. He had a lifelong love of learning, with a special interest in American history, literature, and music. Ahlstrom’s sister, Aleta Ahlstrom, and her family established the fund to pay tribute to her brother and to support academic excellence within the Department of American Studies. The John Paul Ahlstrom Endowed Travel Research Fund will be awarded to graduate students presenting papers at scholarly conferences or conducting research that necessitates travel.