[D8905AAK], Letter from William Petit Trowbridge, Columbia College. School of Mines to Thomas Alva Edison, January 18th, 1889


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Dear Sir, Your letter of the 16th inst. Gave me very great pleasure and satisfaction. Your endorsement of the selection of Mr. J.J Wheeler as an instructor and your expressed interest in our coming course of post graduate instruction in Electrical Engineering will be of valuable service to us: and the founding of a Scholarship by yourself, as you propose, will stimulate and encourage both officers and students. Such a scholarship will be valued by us also as a memorial of one who is everywhere acknowledged to be the first electriccal engineer of the world.##As to the manner of establishing this scholarship, a letter might be addressed by you to Prof. Henry Dusler Accting President of Columbia College, (enclosed in an envelope to me) stating that you intend to give dollars to the "Trustees of Columbia College in the City of New York" for the purpose of establishing a Prize Scholarship in Electrical Engineering who shall show the greatest capacity and acquirements in…[he subject to be selected by yourself.]##There are severeal Prize Scholarships in the Shool of Arts or Academic Department, the value of which is $100 per annum; prize scholarships of $200 to $500 will be appropriate to the graduate course. There are also several Fellowships in the Shool of Arts, the Fellows enjoying them being required to teach a part of the time or to devote themselves to investigations of the subjects for which the Fellowship is founded. These are $500 fellowships. Prof. Tyndall gave to Columbia Ccollege the proceeds of his lectures in America amounting to $10800, the income of which was to be devoted to the support of a Fellow who should devote himself to physical research. The income of this is over $600 per annum. This is known as the Tyndall Fellowship founded by John Tyndall of London.##From all this you will perceive that there is very little formality in the matter, and you can of course choose your own subject of study or research to which the Fellowship or Prize Scholarship is to apply; and, I may add further that having expressed your intention to the President you can make the payments of the money in installments if you prefer. Very truly yours W.P Towbridge








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[D8905AAK], Letter from William Petit Trowbridge, Columbia College. School of Mines to Thomas Alva Edison, January 18th, 1889

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Thomas A. Edison Papers, School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University


January 18, 1889