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N.A. Pedersen Scholarship

Nils Alvin Pedersen was born in Ephraim, Utah, March 3, 1879. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, the Master of Arts degree from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from the University of California. Dr. Peterson joined the staff of the English Department at Utah State University in 1907, first as a professor, and then in 1913 he became head of the department.

In 1932 he was appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Best known for his excellent teaching, he served as a faculty member for 38 years. The national fraternity of the teaching profession, Phi Delta Kappa, honored him in 1938 by selecting him to serve as national president. In 1960, Dr. Pedersen was chosen to receive the distinguished service award of the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters in recognition of a long and brilliant career as a teacher, administrator, lecturer, and actor. During the presentation of the award it was said that, “his great contributions have not been recorded in professional journals so much as in the characters of his thousands of inspired students.”

Dr. King Hendricks, former head of the Department of English and Journalism at USU, complimented him by saying: "Dr. N. A. Pedersen stands out in the minds of his students as one of the great teachers of all time. He was always an inspiration and a challenge. As a dean and department head he was understanding and sympathetic. He will always be revered by his students and colleagues because of his superior intellect and his profound understanding of human problems." The N. A. Pedersen Scholarship in English is awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic achievement and financial need in the Department of English.