Attingham Summer School Scholarship

Royal Oak has supported scholarships for the Attingham Summer School through the American Friends of Attingham for over thirty years and in 2010 awarded the Summer School the Foundation’s inaugural Heritage Award at our Timeless Design Gala. The award recognized the program’s enduring contribution to the advancement of the understanding of the shared cultural heritage of the US and UK as the program entered its sixtieth year. The Summer School and the Attingham Trust as a whole takes its name from Attingham Park, the late Georgian country house in Shropshire where the program was founded and which has been a property of the National Trust since 1947. For more information on Attingham study programs, visit

Meet some recent Scholars

Lydia Brandt, Royal Oak Foundation Scholar
Lydia Brandt is an Assistant Professor at the University of South Carolina in the School of Visual Arts and Design. Dr. Brandt teaches undergraduate courses in American art, architectural history, material culture, and theories and methods for historic preservation, in addition to teaching graduate courses in public history. She holds her BA in Art History from New York University, her MA in Architectural History and her PhD in Art and Architectural History both from the University of Virginia. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina.

Melissa Buchanan, Royal Oak Foundation Dowager Duchess of Devonshire ScholarMelissa
Buchanan is the RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA). Ms. Buchanan oversees the NOMA’s largest permanent collection division of more than 15,000 works. She holds her BA in American Studies from Yale University and her MA in Early American Culture from the University of Delaware. She lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Edgar Garcia, Royal Oak Foundation Scholar
Edgar Garcia is the Special Projects Manager for the Office of the Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Mr. Garcia directs and oversees rehabilitation and restoration work, and the interior redesign project of the Getty House. He holds his BA in History from Yale University and his MA in Urban Planning from UCLA. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

Susan Hitchcock, Royal Oak Foundation Scholar
Susan Hitchcock is a Historical Landscape Architect for the National Park Service. Ms. Hitchcock works with the Southeast Region of the National Park Service developing cultural landscape reports in addition to assisting with procedures and methods of historic preservation practice. She holds a BA degree in French from the University of South Carolina, a BS in Medical Technology from the Medical University of South Carolina, and an MHP in Landscape Preservation from the University of Georgia. She lives in Eatonton, Georgia.

Mi Chou (Mimi) Huang, Royal Oak Foundation Scholar
Mi Chou Huang is a Research Assistant for the Department of Asian Art at the Saint Louis Art Museum in Saint Louis, Missouri. Ms. Huang assists with numerous ongoing exhibitions and catalogues which include Chinese and Japanese artworks. She holds her BA in History from the National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan, her MA in Chinese Art History from the Chinese Culture University in Taipei, and a second MA in Modern Art History from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She lives in Saint Charles, Missouri.

Aimee Keithan, Royal Oak Foundation Jeremy Biggs Scholar
Aimee Keithan is the Research Fellow for the Preservation Society of Newport County in Newport, Rhode Island. Ms. Keithan has been working on a research project on domestic service architecture in Newport’s historic mansions. She holds her BA in Architecture from the University of Maine at Augusta and MA in Buildings Archaeology from the University of York in England. She lives in Newport, Rhode Island.

David (Ned) Lazaro, Royal Oak Foundation Charlotte Moss Scholar
David Lazaro is the Associate Curator of Textiles and Collections Manager of Historic Deerfield in Deerfield, Massachusetts. Mr. Lazaro collects and interprets Historic Deerfield’s fashion and textile collection in addition to managing the entire permanent collection. He holds a BS in Apparel Marketing and a MA in Fashion and Textile History both from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He lives in Deerfield, Massachusetts.

Sheri Shaneyfelt, Royal Oak Foundation Scholar
Sheri Shaneyfelt is the Senior Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies at Vanderbilt University in the Department of the History of Art. Dr. Shaneyfelt teaches several courses in European history, including Italian and Northern European art and architecture between the fourteenth and seventeenth centuries in addition to a Western art and architecture survey course of art between 1400 and 1940. She holds her BS in Biology with a minor in Art History from Centre College, her MA in the History of Art from Vanderbilt University, and her PhD in the History of Art from Indiana University at Bloomington. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.