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Six students earn prestigious fellowships

(4-19-2000) The Presidential Scholars program at Boston College saw results in this spring's fellowship sweepstakes, garnering a Fulbright, a Truman and a Goldwater and producing two district finalists for the Rhodes Scholarship. In all, six Boston College seniors and underclassmen were named winners of prestigious scholarship awards.

Three Boston College seniors have won Fulbright Fellowships for graduate study abroad:
Sara B. Davidson, '00, of Springfield, Va., a Presidential Scholar majoring in English and linguistics, will travel to Poland to study linguistics and Jewish-Catholic relations. Davidson previously traveled to Poland in 1999 on a National Security Education Program fellowship to study modern and medieval Polish and New Testament Greek at universities in that country.
Scott Lee Purdy, '00, of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a biochemistry major, will go to Korea on a teaching grant.
John V. Skerry, '00, of Hanson, Mass., a political science major who plans a career as a Marine officer, will go to Bulgaria to study citizen participation in an emerging democracy.

Other Boston College undergraduates named fellowship winners this spring were:
Lisa Renee Langdon, '01, of Manlius, NY, a Presidential Scholar majoring in international studies, has been awarded a Harry S Truman Scholarship. The prize is awarded to outstanding students who plan careers in public service, and carries with it $30,000 for graduate study. She will serve as an intern this summer in the United States Embassy in Athens.
Brian Gray, '01, of Garden City, NY, a Presidential Scholar majoring in biochemistry, has received a Goldwater Scholarship, which is awarded to a student in mathematics or the natural sciences in each state, and carries with it a two-year stipend for further study. Gray also has been named winner of a Pfizer Undergraduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. He is a research assistant in the laboratory of Vanderslice Professor of Chemistry Amir Hoveyda.
Meghan Kalinich, LSOE '01, of Corning, NY, has been awarded a $2,000 Albert Schweitzer Fellowship to support her community service at the Gardner Extended Services School in Allston. In her third year as a tutor and teacher's aide at the Gardner School, she leads an after-school class in cardio-kick-boxing two days a week, and has worked closely with the school nurse to establish dental and health services at the Gardner through Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center. She is one of 25 to be chosen Boston Schweitzer Fellows for the 2000-01 academic year. Kalinich's achievement is particularly noteworthy because the fellowships, given in memory of the late Albert Schweitzer, are typically awarded to aspiring health professionals.

In the competition for the coveted Rhodes Scholarship, Boston College for the first time had two students reach the district level, from which the winners are ultimately named. Boston College's Rhodes finalists were Jeremy K. Zipple, '00, of Hattiesburg, Miss., a Presidential Scholar majoring in economics, and Charlie A. Veprek, '00, of New Orleans, a Presidential Scholar majoring in theater.

Also, Genevieve Frances Thiers, '00, of Langhorne, Pa., who is majoring in English and music, was chosen as an alternate for a Marshall Scholarship, meaning she is eligible for the award should it be declined by one of 40 winners nationwide.


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