for a Rhodes: new office prepares students
This year, a record number of fourth-year
University students received nominations by the University's College
of Arts & Sciences for the prestigious Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships.
The increase has primarily been due to the creation of the College
Fellowships Office, which is part of Arts & Sciences. It was
created not only to accommodate the larger number of applicants
for the various awards, but also to assist students who wish to
apply in the future.
by President John T. Casteen III and Arts & Sciences Dean Melvyn
P. Leffler, the office opened its doors this semester and is located
in Garrett Hall.
was the proper time for the University to make a financial and
structural commitment to go towards a College Fellowships Office,"
said assistant dean Lynn Davis, who oversees the office along
with William Wilson, also an assistant dean.
College Fellowships Office Mission Statement
Promote intellectual community within the College by encouraging
academic achievement and celebrating the success of those
who challenge themselves academically.
To provide a resource to help all students explore fellowship
opportunities and compete effectively for fellowship awards.
To encourage students to compete for the most selective
fellowships and to help them prepare for that competition.
Our aim is to provide this level of academic advising for
all four years of a studentıs career and offer the challenge
to reflect carefully on his/her curriculum as it progresses,
as well as his/her motivations and vocations.
who was the fellowship adviser before the office was created,
previously had to handle all applications by students. "It
was kind of make-shift before . ... we had something very old-fashioned,"
the larger number of applicants this year, he was particularly
pleased when the proposal was finalized. "Now, we fit right
in with the goals for academic advising for the College."
The new office provides a more consolidated outlet for students
looking for scholarship opportunities. A resource library provides
information on all of the fellowships available to students. There
are also computers that can be used for Web-based searches. "It
is helpful to have all this information in one place," said
members also counsel students by reading their personal statements,
cultivating their interviewing skills and providing workshops.
The office "has been very supportive," said fourth-year
Arts & Sciences student Steven Shepard, a nominee for both the
Marshall and Rhodes scholarships.
Director Nicole Hurd says that they are especially interested
in advising students as early as their first and second years,
and even have information on scholarships available to them. "We
want students to develop a coherent academic plan," she explained.
of the awards have specific criteria: the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship,
for example, offers up to $7,000 for second- or third-year students
who intend to pursue careers in the natural sciences or mathematics.
Other awards are given on a more general basis. The Beinecke Memorial
Scholarship identifies college juniors of exceptional ability
and carries them through their senior year and two years of graduate
study at a university or a professional school of their choice.
having such a wide range of awards and qualifications, the office
is able to appeal to many students. "In this way," Wilson
believes, "we can show all students what a good curriculum
would look like to the finest scholarship programs."
strongly encourages students to apply for these opportunities,
despite their highly competitive nature. "Whether students
win or lose, it is about putting themselves together . ... they
have to come to terms with their past and future."
agrees with Wilson. "You've put down in 1,000 words the most
important things about you and what you want to become. Afterwards,
you know who you are. I feel good to have done it."
For now, Shepard must wait until early December before he and
the College's 11 other Marshall nominees and seven other Rhodes
nominees know whether they will be selected for the prominent
opportunity to study in the United Kindom. In the meantime, the
new College Fellowships Office will continue working with other
outstanding University students.
Nicole Hurd, assistant director
Office hours: M-F, 1-5 p.m.
B-13 Garrett Hall