Humanities Students Awarded National Fellowships

Three humanities students were among this year’s CWRU national fellowship winners. Congratulations to Rita Maricocchi ’18, Hannah Clarke ’21, and Matthew Thompson ’19!

Rita Maricocchi ’18 won the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Fellowship inGermany. A fourth-year majoring in French, German, and Political Science, Rita will spend 2018-2019 in the German state of Saxony. Rita has been very active in the Baker-Nord Center this year. Last fall, she helped organize our Humanities@Work: Nonprofits panel, and this spring she won a Baker-Nord Center Undergraduate Research Grant for her project on Francoise Sagan, a bestselling novelist in postwar France.

Over the past ten years, 9 of the 18 CWRU students who have won Fulbrights were Humanities majors. In addition to Rita, Emily Leung ’18 also won a Fulbright. This year’s strong showing is in part a reflection of the excellent preparation that Dean Amanda McCarthy has provided to our students. Read more about Rita’s accomplishments in this Undergraduate Studies Student Spotlight.

Hannah Clarke ’21 was a member of the winning Projects for Peace proposal. Hannah is a first-year Baker-Nord Scholar majoring in French. Along with fellow CWRU students Akinola Akinbote ’19, Geneva Magsino ’19, Aziza Mbugua ’20, and Ivy Petsinger ’18. Hannah was awarded $10,000 to travel to Cameroon for sexual health education and female empowerment.

And Matthew Thompson ’19 won a Barry Goldwater Scholarship. Matthew is a junior Biochemistry and Theater major.