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Scholarships and Other Honors 2012

How useful is a Dickinson education? Just ask our students and alums.
Dickinsonians regularly earn prestigious grants and scholarships, conduct research, work around the world and enter esteemed graduate programs. And, at a time of economic uncertainty, our students and alums are securing desirable positions on Wall Street, Main Street and beyond. They’re entering the growing fields of environmental science, finance, education, the arts, international business, peace advocacy and more.
Here are just a few of the accomplished Dickinsonians who have earned accolades at Dickinson and beyond.

Julie King '12

Julie King receives scholarship.

Hometown: Hudson, Ohio
Major(s): German
Scholarship: Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship

Julie has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany, where she will teach at the elementary or high-school level. Julie is excited to return to Germany, where she spent junior year abroad. “I've been missing the country and culture terribly, so I cannot wait to return. I am excited for the new challenge of teaching,” she says.

What were some of the defining moments of Julie’s Dickinson experience?  

“My choice to go abroad defined my Dickinson experience,” she says. “Another defining aspect of my time at Dickinson has been living in the Treehouse  (Center for Sustainable Living) residence hall. I moved in my sophomore year and have loved the sense of community and daily challenge to live more environmentally conscientious.”

Allison Murawski '12
Allison Murawski receives scholarship.

Hometown: Turnersville, N.J.
Major(s): Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Biology
Scholarship: Fulbright Research Scholarship, U.S. Department of State

As a Fulbright Research Scholar, Allison will spend the 2012-13 academic year working alongside Dr. Stefan Engelhardt in his lab at the Technische Universitaet Muenchen in Munich, Germany. “I will research and characterize specific microRNAs that modulate cardiac hypertrophy,” she says. “Understanding cardiac signaling pathways involving these microRNAs may unveil new therapeutic strategies towards combating cardiovascular disease.”

How has Dickinson prepared Allison for Life Beyond the Limestone? 

“The professors have shown endless support and guidance, which ultimately motivated me to apply for such a prestigious fellowship,” she says. “Additionally, Dickinson has given me the opportunity to conduct collaborative student/faculty research as an undergraduate. Not only has this enabled me to become an independent thinker, but it has also given me the hands-on experience I need to become a successful scientist.”


David Milstein '13

David MIlstein receives scholarship.

Hometown: McLean, Va.
Major(s): Political Science

David has received for the second-consecutive year, a merit-based scholarship from The Phillips Foundation, under its Ronald Reagan College Leaders Scholarship Program. The Phillips Foundation selects undergraduates considered to be top conservative student activists.  David is one of just 12 students nationwide to receive a scholarship renewal.  He has served as the president of Dickinson College Republicans, as a statewide coordinator for Students for Pat Toomey and interned for Americans for Prosperity, a conservative organization, for the last two summers.  During the fall 2011 semester, David went to The Washington Center  through Dickinson’s program in Washington, D.C., where he interned for the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the conservative caucus of the House of Representatives.

Most recently, David has become the president of a new organization called Young Jewish Conservatives (YJC), which seeks to unite politically conservative young Jews in support of the conservative movement and Israel. David helped coordinate the first Shabbat service at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the largest annual gathering of conservative activists.  David says he will use his experience, which he refers to as “the tripod: campaign, beltway, outside-beltway,” to possibly pursue a law degree and a career in politics.

Phoebe Oldach '13

Phoebe Oldach receives scholarship.

Hometown: Chapel Hill, N.C.
Major(s): Chemistry and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Phoebe has been awarded a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. She is one of only 282 students nationwide to receive the 2012 scholarship. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program 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.

Oldach has conducted student-faculty research on the genomic remodeling on leukemia cells and is currently studying abroad in Australia through Dickinson’s program at the University of Queensland, where she is working in the wetlab of Moreton Bay Research Station. She also is part of a research group investigating the effects of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels. A teaching assistant for biology and a tutor in chemistry, Oldach has been involved with Amnesty International and served as a leader for community services trips and as a facilitator for the Sustained Dialogue Conflict Resolution Program. She would like to pursue a Ph.D. towards work in biomedical research, public health initiatives or teaching at the university level.

Giovania Tiarachristie '13

Giovania Tiarachristie receives scholarship.

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
Major(s): International Studies and Sociology

For the second-consecutive year, Giovania has been selected as a Udall Scholar in recognition of her environmental and social-justice work on and off campus. She was one of only 80 scholarship recipients chosen from a field of 585 candidates from 274 colleges and universities.

The Udall Foundation provides federally funded scholarships for students who have demonstrated a commitment to careers in the environment or Native-American tribal public policy or health care. Scholars also must demonstrate leadership potential and academic achievement. Tiarachristie, who first received the Udall Scholarship in 2011, spent last summer working at the Dickinson College Farm, where she helped with sustainable agriculture issues and biodiesel management. She serves as a board member of Dickinson’s Idea Fund, which equips students with resources to turn ideas for improving campus into viable projects, and she is currently abroad in Sao Paulo studying urban planning and social inequality. Tiarachristie plans to pursue her master’s in urban planning and public administration in community development. “Udall Scholars represent little pockets of hope across the nation who believe in change enough to actually make it happen and inspire others to rise and act,” she says.

Published March 22, 2012