Six students get grad school
by Andrew Shurtleff
students are among the first group of Jack Kent Cooke Scholars:
(l to r) Sarah Hobeika, Anita Gupta, Bryan Maxwell, Danna
Weiss and Esther Huang. Not pictured is James Puckett.
By Anne Bromley
students who will don mortarboards and walk down the Lawn May
19 already have capped their careers at U.Va. being among the
first 50 winners of Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships.
recipients Anita Gupta, Sarah Hobeika, Esther Huang, Bryan
Maxwell, James Puckett and Danna Weiss will pursue graduate
studies without worrying about finances next year, thanks to the
awards of up to $50,000.
this inaugural year of the scholarships, the winners were chosen
from the Virginia, Washington and Maryland region, whether residents
or students. The criteria include academic excellence, exceptional
promise, integrity and community service, according to Nicole
Hurd, director of U.Va.s College
is probably the most generous scholarship out there, Hurd
said, and it can be renewed for five years, totaling as much as
Weiss is one of three Americans accepted into the University of
Notre Dames international masters program at the Kroc
Institute for Peace Studies. She has interned with the Carter
Centers Conflict Resolution Program, focusing on the Sudan
civil war, and has been active in University Mediation Services.
a second-year student, she won a Harrison Award for Undergraduate
Research to conduct a study of the Talmud. She has traveled to
Jerusalem to interview Jewish women scholars.
Id like to enter into the field of international conflict
resolution and preventative diplomacy with an emphasis on religious
conflict in the Middle East and North Africa, said Weiss,
whos planning to use her fellowship to pursue two M.A. degrees
and a Ph.D.
Echols scholar, Bryan Maxwell combines his interest in literature
with medicine. The political and social thought student will remain
at U.Va. next year to pursue a masters degree as part of
the new B.A./M.A. program in English, then go to Stanford Medical
School. Eventually he hopes to practice either academic pediatric
surgery or emergency medicine.
has already conducted research on ethics in AIDS treatment. His
distinguished majors thesis focused on ethical questions surrounding
drug companies patents on HIV/ AIDS drugs.
argue, essentially, that public health should trump intellectual
property as an ethically motivating concern for policy makers,
Huang is another Echols scholar who wants to become a doctor.
She will spend the summer in Taiwan teaching in mission camps
before heading to Harvard Medical School this fall.
at U.Va., she worked in the lab of Dr. Robert Carey, dean of the
Medical School, as a Harrison research scholar.
hope to specialize in a field where I can interact with patients
in a clinical setting while investigating molecular mechanisms
for the disease in a laboratory, working to develop better treatments
or therapies, Huang said.
Gupta, an Echols Scholar who majored in biology and minored in
Studies in Women and Gender, will go to Vanderbilt Medical School.
She plans to go into pediatrics and practice either in a rural
underserved area or abroad.
was a resident adviser last year and served as chief of staff
for Student Council this year. She is a volunteer EMT, a certified
health care triage worker with the Free Clinic and a sexual assault
experiences] will be invaluable working with patients and
families, she said.
Hobeika is another Cooke scholar who proves that negative stereotypes
about Generation X dont necessarily fit. She ought to know
her thesis for the politics honors program is on Generation
X and politics.
analyzed the phenomenon that todays young people are highly
involved in civic life yet highly uninvolved in politics,
honor adviser and student volunteer who helped five Afghan women
resettle in the U.S. after fleeing the Taliban, Hobeika will attend
U.Va. Law School this fall.
James Puckett also will attend U.Va. Law School. Hes considering
public interest law or teaching law.
a really incredible opportunity, because its rare to get
a scholarship for professional school. Ill have more freedom
in making career choices, he said.
majored in Spanish linguistics and likes to travel. He graduated
a semester early and toured Europe this spring.
the wealthy media mogul who owned the Washington Redskins, never
went to college but specified that an education foundation be
set up with his fortune after his death. He died in 1997.