David Holland, a 1998 Brigham Young University graduate in history from Bountiful, has received a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies from The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation.

The award is given annually to encourage college seniors and recent graduates to pursue doctorates in humanistic fields. The award includes a $14,000 stipend, tuition and mandated fees.Holland received his bachelor's degree in history and was a featured speaker at BYU's recent commencement exercises. He will be attending Stanford to pursue a doctorate in U.S. Intellectual History, a combined master's degree and doctoral program.

Ninety-seven were selected from 750 applicants to receive the award. The areas of advanced study are anthropology, art history, classics, comparative literature, English, history and philosophy.