Scholarships and Other Honors

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Martin de Bourmont ’14

Hometown: Montville, N.J.

Major(s): Political Science

Scholarship: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Martin was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Mongolia, where he will teach high-school or college English. As a “Fulbrighter,” he joins an elite cadre of cultural ambassadors, each called by the U.S. Department of State to help foster greater global collaboration and understanding through international work and research.

In 2012, Martin became one of the first two Dickinson students to be accepted into the prestigious Mansfield College Visiting Student Programme at Oxford University, where he spent his full junior year studying. 

Kendra Haven ’14

Hometown: Charlotte, Vt.

Major(s): International Studies

Minor: English

Scholarship: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Kendra was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to South Africa. As a “Fulbrighter,” she joins an elite cadre of cultural ambassadors, each called by the U.S. Department of State to help foster greater global collaboration and understanding through international work and research. Last year, Dickinson was named one of the State Department's top Fulbright-producing colleges for the fifth time in 10 years. This year, five of Dickinson’s Fulbright ETA finalists received the prestigious scholarship.

Kendra studied abroad in Cameroon in the spring of 2012, where perspectives on climate change and nuanced social-environmental problems developed her personal view of sustainability. In 2014, she was named a Baird Sustainability Fellow, a program that recognizes graduating seniors who have advanced sustainability goals on or beyond the Dickinson campus through excellence in scholarship, leadership and service. Kendra also serves as a peer tutor in The Norman M. Eberly Writing Center.

Benjamin West ’14

Hometown: McMurray, Pa.

Major(s): Archaeology, Latin American/Latino/Caribbean Studies

Scholarship: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Benjamin was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Brazil. As a “Fulbrighter,” he joins an elite cadre of cultural ambassadors, each called by the U.S. Department of State to help foster greater global collaboration and understanding through international work and research. Last year, Dickinson was named one of the State Department's top Fulbright-producing colleges for the fifth time in 10 years. This year, five Fulbright ETA finalists received the prestigious scholarship.

Chase Philpot ’14

Hometown: Gales Ferry, Conn.

Major(s): Middle East Studies; Russian

Scholarship: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Chase was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Bulgaria, where he will teach high-school or college English. As a “Fulbrighter,” he joins an elite cadre of cultural ambassadors, each called by the U.S. Department of State to help foster greater global collaboration and understanding through international work and research.

Before he travels to Bulgaria, Chase will study Russian in Kazan as a Critical Language Scholar through the U.S. Department of State, which sends just 550 undergraduate and graduate students abroad each year to study one of a dozen under-represented languages spoken by American officials. In 2013, a Boren Scholarship enabled Chase to study in Russia as part of the National Security Education Program that supports the study of languages deemed critical by the U.S. government.

Peter Hechler ’14

Hometown: Larchmont, N.Y.

Major(s): Philosophy; German

Scholarship: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Peter was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Germany. As a “Fulbrighter,” he joins an elite cadre of cultural ambassadors, each called by the U.S. Department of State to help foster greater global collaboration and understanding through international work and research. Last year, Dickinson was named one of the State Department's top Fulbright-producing colleges for the fifth time in 10 years. This year, five of Dickinson’s Fulbright ETA finalists received the prestigious scholarship.

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Mary Naydan ’15

Hometown: North Wales, Pa.

Major(s): English

Minor(s): Education

Scholarship: Beinecke Scholarship

John Dickinson Scholar Mary Naydan has received the prestigious Beinecke Scholarship for her graduate education. A program of the Sperry Fund, the Beinecke Scholarship seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of graduate course study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Mary is one of only 20 students nationwide selected to receive the scholarship.

A two-time Dana Research Assistant, Mary worked closely with English professor Jacob Sider Jost last summer on a project investigating how 18th century poets supported themselves. “I discovered the potential of the digital humanities to facilitate ambitious research,” she says. She is currently working with Spanish and Portuguese professor Carolina Castellanos editing her book project and researching the academic publishing process. In graduate school, Mary will explore 20th-century literature and historical memory and will fulfill her commitment to “making scholarship meaningful to the public.”

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Olivia Wilkins ’15

Hometown: New Oxford, Pa.

Major(s): Chemistry and Mathematics

Scholarship: Goldwater Scholarship

Olivia has received a Goldwater Scholarship by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, which fosters and encourages excellence in science and mathematics by providing financial assistance for highly qualified individuals to contribute to their education and research in the sciences. She is one of only 283 college students nationwide to receive the 2014 scholarship.

Olivia’s research interests are in the fields of astrochemistry and chemical ecology. As a rising junior, she interned with National Radio Astronomy Observatory in West Virginia and is currently a student researcher working closely with chemistry professor Amy Witter studying polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in a Pennsylvania waterway. This summer, she will conduct research at Harvard University studying carbon chains in protostars—gas clouds that are the early formation stage of low-mass stars.