MHC Junior Awarded Beinecke Scholarship

Julia Frankenbach ’13 has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship, which will provide funding for her to attend graduate school. Frankenbach is one of 20 college juniors nationwide to receive the prestigious award.

Frankenbach, an environmental studies major and philosophy minor, is the fifth MHC student to win the award, which encourages highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities, or social sciences.

Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

Frankenbach, who is currently studying wildlife management in northern Tanzania, found out about the award after returning from a camping trip in the Serengeti.

“When I learned that I had been selected to receive a Beinecke Scholarship I felt both shocked and deeply honored. To learn that the Beinecke Committee takes my ideas and aspirations seriously enough to fund me through graduate school is an extremely unexpected and gratifying feeling. I am overwhelmingly honored to receive such support,” she said.

Frankenbach’s plan for graduate study focuses on an exploration of land use history in Northern California with particular emphasis on the Lake Tahoe Basin, where indigenous and Western land use ideologies first clashed in California.

“Through my research I will explore the history of ecological change in this region beginning in the 1830s, searching for ways in which the introduction of new cultures and their associated land values physically affected the Tahoe landscape’s complex ecology,” she said.

“The Beinecke Foundation’s funding will allow me to pursue the humanities-based investigation of environment and human culture, and the reciprocity between the two that I have felt increasingly drawn to during my time at Mount Holyoke.”

Frankenbach, a resident of Woodland, California, is spending the spring semester in Kenya and Tanzania, where she is studying wildlife management and public health. She is about to begin a research project to assess local awareness of climate change and its effects on surface water availability.