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The Long Reach Society was founded upon the collaborative partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and Marist College. With the wealth of resources provided through Marist’s Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) Scholarship, the rich history of the Hudson River Valley region, and the newly established Society, Marist history majors have access to immense resources needed to succeed on their academic journey. The Long Reach Society connects GLI Scholarship recipients with unique and enriching educational opportunities to further their knowledge & understanding of American history, and prepare them for successful careers.

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A Partnership for the History Books

The Long Reach Society, named after Marist's proximity to the historic Hudson River's "long reach," joins Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) scholars and other select students studying the humanities together to form a collaborative, connected society. Members will have access to individualized mentoring from the Dean & select faculty members from the School of Liberal Arts, as well as unique enrichment and experiential learning opportunities through Marist's Centers for Excellence including the Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership, the Hudson River Valley Institute, and the Marist Institute for Public Opinion, and our partnerships with GLI and the FDR Presidential Library and Museum.

GLI's vast network of resources & primary resources includes historical documents, online exhibits, videos, essays and much more. Through this collaboration with Marist and GLI, and the formation of the Long Reach Society, our GLI scholars will have a transformative educational experience, and be prepared for the "long reach" of their future

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GLI Scholarship for Incoming Freshman History Majors

The newly established Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (GLI) Scholarship at Marist College is awarded to students from GLI’s vast national network of affiliated schools who demonstrate exceptional achievement in the study of history. This scholarship is designed to give history majors at Marist the opportunity and freedom to pursue exciting undergraduate research and apply it to their future careers. All incoming freshman history majors are eligible for one of four scholarship opportunities, and we encourage all who fit these criteria to apply and make a difference with their history degree from Marist.

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The History of the Hudson River Valley Surrounds You

The Hudson River Valley Institute (HRVI) at Marist College is the academic arm of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. HRVI's location provides ample opportunity to learn from and promote the surrounding area, and serves as an educational resource for students and scholars alike. HRVI utilizes our region as a classroom and allows history and political science students to develop deep connections to the historic Hudson River Valley, New York State, and study a region that has been called “the Landscape that defined America.”

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Connect to the Past in the Present at the FDR Presidential Library and Museum

Conveniently located approximately five miles from the Marist campus, the College hosts the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library’s digital archives, making Marist one of only six colleges or universities in the nation affiliated with a Presidential Library. Administered by the National Archives and Records Administration since 1941, the Library preserves and makes accessible to the American people the records of FDR's Presidency. The FDR Presidential Library and Museum's mission is to foster a deeper understanding of the lives and times of the Roosevelt family, and their continuing impact on contemporary life. Through this shared partnership with Marist College, the Long Reach Society students will have access to important historical records, and opportunities to participate in the Library's programming and internships.

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"The GLI Scholarship supports its scholars through so many situations outside of just tuition; I participated in a Spring Extension trip to the South and learned about racial injustice in the South. The Spring Extension experience changed me for the better and I hope that students know that in this Scholarship Program you not only get tuition money, you get a support system of people who genuinely want to see you win and succeed!"

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