Dickinson Students Awarded
This has been a banner year for Dickinson students – to date,
six have received national fellowships and scholarships.
In the fall, Katie McClellan ’07, a Biology
major from Asheville, NC, was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship
for the 2007-08 academic year, which provides $26,000 toward her
tuition in England. "It's important that medicine be understood
in a social context," she says. "I'm going to spend a
year before going on to medical school learning about how community
and public-health efforts can make medicine more effective."
Katie will be studying reproductive and sexual-health issues as
she pursues an M.S. at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical
In December, Bernadette McFadden ’07 was
the first Dickinson College student to receive the prestigious George
J. Mitchell Scholarship, sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. A
highly competitive award, there are only 12 national scholarships
awarded annually. A Policy Management major from Downington, PA,
Bernadette will pursue a master’s in Social Policy at The
University of Dublin, Trinity College before going to medical school.
Two juniors were recently informed that they had been named Goldwater
scholars, the second year in a row that Dickinson has had two students
selected. Kristina Gaff ‘08 (a Physics major
from Kendallville, IN) and Christian Millichap ’08
(a Math/Philosophy double major from Royersford, PA) were selected
on the basis of academic merit from more than 1,110 mathematics,
science and engineering students nominated by the faculties of colleges
and universities nationwide. For their superior academic achievements,
Kristina and Christian were placed among scholars from Stanford,
Princeton and Harvard universities as well as from top-ranked liberal-arts
colleges Amherst, Wellesley and Swarthmore. The scholarship will
cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to
$7,500 per year.
The Kathryn Wasserman Davis Foundation Projects for Peace Initiative
has recently awarded $10,000 to Raju Kandel ’07,
a Women’s Studies major from Nepal. Entitled “Interfaith
Dialogue and Religious Understanding of Peace among School-Level
Students, Teachers, and Religious Leaders in Kathmandu, Nepal”,
the project aims to train 15 “Interfaith Student Leaders”
from five different schools of Kathmandu, Nepal for the period of
three months. Religious leaders will be brought together to share
their experiences of “Interfaith Understanding of Peace through
Religious Lens.” The Projects for Peace initiative invited
proposals from all undergraduates enrolled as of fall 2006 at any
of the 76 American colleges and universities in the Davis United
World College Scholars Program. These students were encouraged to
design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer
of 2007. The 100 projects judged to be the most promising and do-able
were funded, with the objective to encourage and support today’s
motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building
peace in the 21st century.
Jensen Gelfond ’08 has just been notified
that he is a recipient of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. Each
year the Udall Foundation awards 80 undergraduate scholarships of
up to $5,000 to juniors and seniors in fields related to the environment.
Jensen, an Environmental Studies major from Asheville, NC, has served
as a Recycling Intern on campus, and has been a tireless advocate
for a ‘greener’ Dickinson.