Dylan James Croup, a history major and American studies minor, graduated in December 2019. He is this year's recipient of the Colonel John Taylor Rhett History Manuscript Award for the best history senior thesis. Also, Dylan is co-winner of the Gilbert L. Lycan History Award for Outstanding Senior.
Dylan's prize-winning senior thesis, "William Claiborne of Virginia as British Colonist, Merchant-Administrator, and American Liberal: A Case Study of the Ideological Foundation of Colonial America, 1600-1677," sought to "examine to what extent the American colonial experiment was a continuation of English values and principles," said Dylan, "as opposed to a revolutionary ideological shift brought about by the unique challenges and opportunities of the American experience."
Dylan presented his senior thesis research at the prestigious national conference of Phi Alpha Theta, the undergraduate history honor society. Along with Phi Alpha Theta, he is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, the national honor society for first-year college and university students.