Two Watsons, A Fulbright, and a Newton

Four recent Scripps graduates received top national awards and honors last spring.

As a Fulbright scholar, Ellie Cross, whose degree is in studio art, will teach English to Malaysian high school and college students. She also plans to oversee community art projects to help raise awareness about social issues, such as local health concerns.

Whitney Tipton and Caitlin McDonald were awarded Thomas J. Watson fellowships of $25,000 each for travel and exploration abroad. Scripps is the only member of The Claremont Colleges with two Watson winners this year.

Tipton’s project, “Borders & Bars: A Cross-national Conversation with Women in Prison,” will take the philosophy major to The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, England, and South Africa.

McDonald, a biology major, will travel through Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Cameroon, and Ghana during her research project: “Poaching to Bushmeat: The Evolution of Illegal Wildlife Exploitation.”

Amanda Painter won a five-year Newton fellowship, sponsored by Math for America. The Newton fellowship, awarded to no more than 50 recent graduates nationwide, trains and supports mathematically talented individuals as they pursue their goal to become secondary school math teachers. The fellowship offers a generous financial incentive ($90,000 aggregate stipend over the duration of the fellowship in addition to a teaching salary) and a full-tuition scholarship for a master’s in education at Bard College, New York University, or Teachers College at Columbia University.