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Sophomore named first A. Scott Berg '71 scholar

Princeton University sophomore Adena T. Spingarn has been named the first recipient of the new A. Scott Berg 71 Scholarship, an award created by the noted biographer to support independent research by an undergraduate English major.

Berg, a member of Princeton's class of 1971, whose best-selling biography of Charles Lindbergh won the Pulitzer Prize in 1999, began his own practice of conducting extensive, primary-source research when he was an undergraduate at Princeton.

Spingarn, a native of Tustin, California, won the Class of 1883 Freshman English Prize last year and plans to pursue a career in academics and writing. She will use the $3,500 stipend to pay for living, travel and research expenses as she researches a biography of poet, educator, and literary critic Joel Elias Spingarn, her distant cousin who served as president and chairman of the board of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) for 30 years.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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