Breaking Records at Scripps

by Matt Hutaff

2012 Fulbright recipients

Fifteen Scripps College students and alumnae were offered Fulbright grants this spring—a threefold increase since 2008.

Eva Valenti ’12 will travel to Canada on her Fulbright to conduct linguistic research. In addition, 14 recent graduates have been offered Fulbright Teaching Assistantships: from the Class of 2012, Julia Berryman and Sara Townsend, in Malaysia; Ariel Bloomer, in Bulgaria; Anna Cho, in Korea; Kelsey Figone, in Indonesia; Michelle Gloster, in Thailand; Stephanie Jimenez, in Colombia; Katherine Lesyna, in Tanzania; Olivia Lopes, in Rwanda; Melissa Mesinas, in Peru; Mari Poturica, in Turkey; Hallie Richardson, in Bangladesh; Alicia Roy ’11, in Germany; and Yael Friedman ’10, in India.

“It is no surprise Scripps ranks so high in the number of Fulbrights,” says President Lori Bettison-Varga. “The College emphasizes the value of understanding different cultures in an increasingly interconnected world, and it is heartening to see that our recent graduates exemplify this value.”

“I expect [my Fulbright adventure] will be filled with all the excitement, anxiety, loneliness, wonder, and growth that make adventures worthwhile,” says Ariel Bloomer.

Strauss/Davis Peace Prize

Sarah Estevez Cores ’13 has received both a national Davis Peace Prize and a Strauss Foundation grant for 2012. She will put her cash awards into a community library project in San Agustin, Romblon Province, in the Philippines. “The project has gotten much bigger due to this extra funding,” she says. “I feel very lucky and grateful indeed—I wouldn’t have been able to do this alone.”

Estevez Cores hopes to increase literacy among the region’s children, who are taught to read and write, but lack access to the tools to practice on their own. “Their reading material is very limited and often only includes basic textbooks,” she says. “No novels before bedtime, no dictionaries, no encyclopedias.”

All that is about to change: 300 pounds of books were recently shipped to San Agustin, and funding for library computers is now a possibility.

Teach For America

This fall, nine Scripps Class of 2012 alumnae will spread the infectious community spirit of the College throughout the United States as part of Teach For America. The highly selective program, which pairs eager recent college graduates with underserved schools, has doled out assignments in every region across the country—LeeAnn Allen to Memphis, Denise Bustamante to New York, Emily Chesbrough to California’s Bay Area, Breanna Deutsch to Houston, Margaret Dickman to Denver, Jody Goldberg to Las Vegas, KC Mautner to New Orleans, Antoinette Myers to Hawaii, and Seline Paulino to Miami-Dade County.

Jennie Waldow ’12

Jennie Waldow ’12, recipient of the Gabrielle Jungels- Winkler Foundation Scholarship, will study post-1960 American art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. The scholarship will support Waldow’s master’s in art studies at the Courtauld.


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