By mid-April Colby students had seen remarkable success, winning prestigious scholarships, fellowships, and internships, including three Fulbright awards, two Goldwater Scholarships, a Truman Scholarship, a Beinecke Fellowship, a Hollings Scholarship, and a Davis Projects for Peace grant.
The awards reflect the College’s efforts to raise awareness of such opportunities among students, to identify and encourage strong candidates, and to provide more support in the application process, said Jim Sloat, assistant dean of faculty for academic development. But it’s also because, he said, “We have dazzling students. They’re taking full advantage of the rich opportunities at Colby and, as a result, they’re receiving extraordinary opportunities.”
Kristen Starkowski ’14, an English and sociology double major studying at Oxford this semester, won one of 20 Beinecke Fellowships for Graduate Study. The Beinecke program recognizes young men and women of exceptional promise, and each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending grad school.
Barry Goldwater Scholarships were awarded to 271 sophomores and juniors nationwide. Kathryn Moore ’14 (chemistry: environmental science major) and Kathryn Coe ’14 (chemistry: cell and molecular biology/biochemistry concentration major) were two of the 95 women recipients. They will each receive $7,500. The Goldwater Foundation’s goal is to encourage highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.
Sara George ’15, a geology major, won one of 126 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarships, which provide two years of support (up to $8,000 per year) and a summer internship. The program focuses on oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education as well as careers in public service.
Three seniors have received Fulbright fellowships. Jemarley McFarlane, a American studies major, will spend a year in South Korea, and both Mary Randall, a theater and dance major, and Carter Stevens, a government and history double major, will spend the year teaching in Germany. (Read more on McFarlane overcoming hardships to become a Posse Scholar and Fulbright fellow.)
August 2013 update: Abbott Matthews '13 of Wilson, N.C., has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will travel to Brazil in March 2014 to begin her Fulbright year there. Before then she is working at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
Jalene Regassa ’13 will be one of three 2013 American Anthropological Association summer interns in Washington, D.C. The anthropology and global studies double major will work in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art curatorial department.
Four sophomores will spend the summer in Guatemala working on a Davis Project for Peace titled the Migrant Peacebuilding and Reconciliation Project. Javier Monterroso Montenegro, who is from Guatemala, Joseph Long, John Bengston, and Sam Chase will work with migrants who have been deported from the United States, assisting them to find jobs in Guatemala and the resources necessary to take and hold those jobs. The students plan to create a sustainable NGO to continue the effort they’re launching with the help of the $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant.
Uzoma Orchingwa ’14 received one of 62 highly selective 2013 Truman Scholarships from the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation worth up to $30,000. He plans to attend law school. (Read more on Orchingwa.)