Get Grad School Boost With Cooke Scholarships
May 9, 2002-- Six
graduating 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
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 Fellowships Office.
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 Dame's international master's program at the Kroc Institute
for Peace Studies. She has interned with the Carter Center's 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 Undergraduate research
award to conduct a contemporary study of the Talmud. She has traveled
to Jerusalem to interview Jewish women scholars.
I'd 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, who's 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 master's 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.
who would like to get involved in international aid projects such
as Doctors Without Borders, has already conducted research on ethics
in AIDS treatment. His distinguished majors thesis focused on ethical
questions surrounding drug companies patents on HIV/ AIDS
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 laboratory of Dr. Robert Carey, dean
of the School of Medicine, using the Harrison Award for Undergraduate
Research she received last year. Her work has been published in
the journal Hypertension.
also has worked in the volunteer medical services program through
Madison House. "I 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.
addition to her emphasis on medicine, she has played an integral
role in publishing the literary journal, Inkstone.
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 counselor.
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 today's young people are highly involved
in civic life yet highly uninvolved in politics," she said.
an honor adviser, Hobeika will attend U.Va. Law School this fall.
She has interned with the Brookings Institution in Washington and
the office of Virginia's Attorney General. She also worked for two
years as a student volunteer helping five Afghan women resettle
in America after fleeing the Taliban. And she is vice president
of the Raven Society Council that heads the Universitys oldest
and most prestigious honorary society, founded in 1904.
Puckett also will come back to U.Va. to attend Law School. He
is considering going into some kind of public interest law or teaching
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. He's also been to
Costa Rica twice, and last spring tutored Serbian refugees in English.
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.
Anne Bromley, (434) 924-6861