In the 2015/16 academic year, Vassar students or recent graduates received a remarkable 36 awards for advanced study, including five Fulbright awards, five National Science Foundation Fellowships, three Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships, and three Harry S. Truman Scholarships. Once again, Vassar was named by the Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the top-producing bachelor’s institutions for Fulbright grants.
In an unprecedented occurrence for the College, three Vassar students — Cecil Carey, Kali Tambree, and Raymond Magsaysay, all from the Class of 2017 — were selected as Truman Scholars. Created by Congress in 1975 as a living memorial to our 33rd President, The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation‘s mission is to select and support the next generation of leaders in public service. In 2016, 305 colleges and universities nominated 775 students for the award, and 54 Truman Scholars were chosen. Three Vassar students were chosen, the highest count of any college in the nation. Those selected receive a scholarship toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in professional development programming to help prepare them for careers in public service.
Vassar’s 2016 Fulbright Scholars will teach, study and conduct research in Germany, Israel and Morocco.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, created in honor of the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, offers research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent college graduates and graduate students. Colin Edwards ’16 and John Tapscott ’16 were awarded Fulbrights to Germany, where they will be teaching English and immersing themselves in German language and culture. Anna Brashear ’15 will be also be studying in Germany. She will be conducting research at the Humboldt University of Berlin as part of a project to understand the responses of German-Turkish civic associations to the rising tide of anti-immigrant political parties and leanings in contemporary German politics. Kelsey Greenway ’16 was awarded a Fulbright grant to Israel, where she will be engaged in the Israeli dance community. And Lanbo Yang ’15 will use his Fulbright grant to travel to Morocco. He plans to offer creative writing workshops and courses in American literature and culture, while exploring the unique intersection of language and culture in Morocco.
In addition, National Science Foundation grants were received by TJ O’Connor ’16 (Chemistry) and several recent Vassar graduates, including Nadine G. Reitman ’10 (Geosciences), Elizabeth Sullivan Forbes ’12 (Life Sciences), Zoheyr Doctor ’13 (Physics and Astronomy), and Robert Myron Anderson ’05 (Social Sciences).
Three Vassar students were also awarded grants from The Gilman International Scholarship Program: Justin Vo ’17, Matthew Rodman ’18, and Jameson Bukacek Frazier ’19. Named after a former Congressman from Poughkeepsie and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the grants offer U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means the ability to pursue academic studies abroad. The goal is to internationalize their outlook, and better prepare them to assume significant roles in the increasingly global economy.