Students Win Series of Scholarships

National Fellowships and Graduate School Advisor Elizabeth Mandeville has received a lot of good news lately. Mount Holyoke students have just been awarded a trio of prestigious scholarships that will enable them to study in various locations around the world.

Meghan Healy ’11, a senior majoring in English and Romance Languages, has won a St Andrews Society Scholarship. She will spend the next year earning a master’s degree in Romantic and Victorian studies at the University of St Andrews in Scotland, and her studies will be fully funded by the society.

“I studied abroad at St Andrews during my junior year and established strong connections with the students, professors, and the town, and I am thrilled by the prospect of returning to do my master’s, rekindling those bonds, and continuing to follow my passions for literature and travel,” Healy said. “I am honored to have had the support both of the St Andrews Society and of Mount Holyoke's professors and my fellowships advisor, Liz Mandeville, without whom none of these opportunities would have been possible.”

The St Andrews Society program, which was created in 1956, annually selects two Scottish students to study in the United States and two Scottish-American students to study in Scotland. Healy is the first Mount Holyoke student to receive the award since 1995.

Physics and English major Alyssa McKenna ’12 has received a Goldwater Scholarship that will provide up to $7,500 toward the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board next academic year. This year’s Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,095 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.

“I am thrilled to receive the Goldwater scholarship!” McKenna said. “The Goldwater is an exhilarating reward for all my hard work on my research project and in my academics, and a powerful incentive to continue my efforts.”

Bianca Young ’11, an environmental studies and English major, and Cristina Gabriela Andronescu ’11, a German studies and international relations major, have both received DAAD scholarships that will help fund postgraduate study in Germany. The scholarships are funded by the German Academic Exchange Service, which provides financial support to highly qualified students and faculty for international research and study.

Pending acceptance to the University of Hamburg, Young will work toward a master of science in the university’s School of Integrated Climate System Sciences, which is specifically dedicated to the study of the environment. 

“I am particularly interested in participating in a research group called Regional Hydrology in Terrestrial Systems that investigates carbon cycling in peat land and permafrost ecosystems, as it will be an interesting continuation of the peat land studies I have been doing here at Mount Holyoke College under the supervision of Professor Jill Bubier,” Young said.  “The group’s research includes intensive field campaigns in the Arctic Lena Delta of the Siberian tundra, the pristine boreal mires of Russia, and re-wetted peat lands in Northern Germany. I can't express how excited I am to have this opportunity to travel to these amazing study sites and to contribute to the understanding of these precious ecosystems.”

Andronescu has applied to international relations programs in Berlin and Bremen. This will be her second time studying in Germany under a DAAD scholarship, as she previously received the award during her junior year.

“This is a wonderful opportunity and I am very excited to have it now for the second time,” Andronescu said. “I am very grateful and I look forward to a substantial period of growth in my life.”