Students Bring Home More Awards

This has been a busy season of awards for MHC students, and it’s not over yet. Linnea Johnson ’13 has been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship and a Boren Scholarship to spend next year studying in China, and Hilary Pollan ’12 (right) has been named a Newman Civic Fellow by Campus Compact. Alum Molly Taylor-Poleskey ’05 also joins this year’s award winners with a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD)/German Academic Exchange Service grant to pursue doctoral research in Germany.

With the Critical Language Scholarship, Johnson will study Chinese in Shanghai this summer. The Boren Scholarship will allow Johnson, an Asian studies and geography major, to spend the next year continuing her studies in China. The Boren Scholarship funds study abroad for students interested in learning critical languages and connecting their academic interests with national security. The award guarantees her a yearlong job in the U.S. government after graduation.

Johnson said she knew about the Boren Scholarship even before she applied to MHC.

“I think I wrote that I wanted to be a Boren scholar in my application to MHC,” she said. “Receiving the Boren scholarship, as well as the Critical Language Scholarship, has made me realize that it really does pay—in this case quite literally—to dream.”

President Lynn Pasquerella nominated Pollan for the Newman award, which was named for Frank Newman, one of the founders of Campus Compact. The award honors student leaders who have demonstrated an investment in finding solutions for challenges facing communities throughout the country.

“Hilary's work with CBL has been energetic and varied,” said Community-Based Learning (CBL) Program coordinator Alan Bloomgarden. "She has pursued CBL projects with community partners via course assignments and independent study, as well as through paid community fellow positions."

Thanks to a DAAD grant, Ph.D. candidate Taylor-Poleskey will travel to Germany to work on her dissertation, in which she examines “the process of cultural rebuilding in the courts of the German prince electors after the destruction of the Thirty Years War,” she said. DAAD grants are funded by the German Academic Exchange Service, which provides financial support to highly qualified students and faculty for international research and study. She joins two graduating MHC students who also received DAAD scholarships this year.