Published on February 20, 2012  

History major Faye Doss was honored with the first Alabama Bench and Bar Historical Society (ABBHS) Scholarship Jan. 19.

The Alabama Bench and Bar Historical Society Fellowship is intended to support a junior or senior in the Department of History at Samford University who has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and who plans on attending law school after graduation.

"Faye is a splendid model of how a major in History provides the ideal preparation for a law school," said History Department chair Jonathan Bass. He said that as a sophomore Doss researched and wrote about Earle Dennison, the first white woman to die in Alabama's electric chair in 1953.

Doss, who plans to practice law to improve the lives of children, women and the elderly, agreed that her major was good preparation. "Being a history major has not only taught me the thinking, research, and writing skills that will take me far in law school, but it has also exposed me to much of the real world through studying human behavioral and cultural interaction." 



Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.