Nicole Musgrave (Folk Studies MA 2018) was selected as this year's WKU outstanding graduate student, receiving the John D. Minton Award at the university commencement. The Graduate School’s top award is named for Dr. John D. Minton, who was a history professor and WKU’s first graduate dean and served as vice president for Administrative Affairs and as WKU’s fifth president.
Nicole served as graduate assistant for the Kentucky Folklife Program, provided assistance for the exhibit A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green at the Kentucky Museum and co-wrote a successful grant application to the National Endowment for the Arts. Following graduation, she will serve as an AmeriCorps VISTA Member with Hindman Settlement School and will continue her work with the Kentucky Folklife Program to implement the NEA-funded statewide Kentucky Folklife Network. The award was presented by John D. Minton Jr., Chief Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court.
Nicole also received top honors closer to home, being named Outstanding Graduate Student of both the Folk Studies Program and Potter College of Arts and Letters.