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Pomona College Student Awarded Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship

Pomona College junior Sam Cross is one of only 18 college students nationwide selected to receive a Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship.

Beinecke Scholarships are given each year to college juniors from select institutions who plan to continue their education and attain a Ph.D. in social sciences, arts or humanities at any accredited graduate school in the world.

“I'm planning, at present, to attend graduate school with the aim of getting a Ph.D. in English,” says Cross, who is currently studying abroad in Cambridge, England. “After that, I hope to become a professor at a college or university and spend my time teaching and researching.”

The Beinecke Scholarship seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 335 college juniors from 94 different schools for support during graduate study at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $2,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduated study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The Board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise. Pomona College is one of 94 schools invited to nominate one junior for the scholarship each year.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.