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Nate Hardisty, 21 is from Bramley, Leeds and attended a comprehensive school in special measures. He is a final year undergraduate reading history.
His special interest is the third-year presidency of LB Johnson. He received financial assistance from the Partington Fund (Richard Partington, Senior Tutor) and Travel Grant Fund to enable him to spend the summer vacation in 2015 travelling in the United States, visiting the LBJ library in Austin, Texas to study presidential papers and those of influential people of the time such as General Westmorland. Nate also examined primary resource material in Washington and he fitted in a side-trip to Los Angeles to make informal screenwriting pitches to Sony, Columbia and other motion picture studios.
He intends to study for an MPhil after graduation and then work as a screenwriter, a novelist or journalist, depending on the successful fruition of his various ideas. His undergraduate dissertation is entitled Lyndon Johnson’s decision to not seek re-election in 1968. His MPhil is likely to be on LBJ again and on his period of the Vietnam War. Nate is partially-supported at Churchill College by a £3,500 per annum Cambridge Bursary and by a £2,500 per annum Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Bursary. Without this support, he would have found attending Churchill College financially much more difficult because of family circumstances. He describes being at Cambridge University as 'the greatest experience of my life and a great confidence-booster'.
In his first summer vacation at the University, Nate taught children in Nepal under the Cambridge Volunteers in Nepal scheme. He is also Social Secretary of the College Badminton Club and, having organised the JCR pantomime for three years has been president of the JCR from the summer until the end of November 2015.