Fellowship Stories

Nina Potischman '21 Awarded Marshall Scholarship

The desire to bridge disciplinary divides and write about disease are what led Nina Potischman ’21 to apply for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. Her application was successful, and with that award in hand, she will be crossing the pond next year to the United Kingdom for graduate study.

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Isaac Cui ’20

Isaac Cui ’20 Awarded Prestigious Marshall Scholarship for Study in the U.K.

Isaac Cui ’20 is a recipient of the prestigious Marshall Scholarship, which will fund his graduate studies in the United Kingdom. To receive this graduate scholarship, awarded to up to 50 American students every year, took a village and a vision.

Pomona College Students and Alumnus Awarded Fulbright Fellowships

Unprecedented in its 75-year history, last year the Fulbright U.S. Student Program suspended all research fellowships and teaching assistantships due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s grantee cohort will consist of 2020-2021 Fulbrighters as well as 2021-2022 awardees.

Brendan Terry ’20 to Tackle Disease and Disparities with Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Brendan Terry ’20 believes his research could offer insights into cancers and chronic diseases that disproportionately affect vulnerable populations — and the Gates Cambridge Trust thinks so, too. 

Elise Koskelo '20 Awarded Churchill Scholarship

It’s awards season — but first up are the Churchills, not the Oscars. And the winner is Elise Koskelo ’20, who is among only 16 American students awarded the Winston Churchill Foundation scholarship this year to study and conduct research in the sciences, mathematics and engineering at the University of Cambridge. Pomona is one of a select list of U.S. colleges and universities invited to nominate two candidates each year.


Michelle Garcia ’22 and Sayde Perry ’22 Awarded Goldwater Scholarships

Both Michelle Garcia ’22 and Sayde Perry ’22, who have been awarded Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, point to Pomona College faculty as the vital supporting cast in their win of the prestigious $7,500 fellowship for sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. 


11 Pomona College Students and Alumni Awarded 2021 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships

Four Pomona College students and seven alumni have won 2021 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards. These fellowships support the graduate education of outstanding and promising students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

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Corinne Bobb-Semple ’23 Wins Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship

Corinne Bobb-Semple ’23 is among the 2021 winners of the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, awarded to diverse student leaders to attend a four-week summer study abroad program in Ireland focused on leadership, intercultural communication and social justice.


Social Justice Hub Idea Earns Christine Cannon ’23 $25,000 Reimagine Challenge Award

A bright idea from Christine Cannon ’23 might indeed light up the world during these dark days. The Reimagine Challenge, sponsored by Schmidt Futures, is certain of it, naming her among 20 college and university students around the world with the most innovative solutions to build back from COVID-19 and spark global movements for change. The competition awards each winner up to $25,000 for tuition costs.

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More Schmidt Futures Fellowships


Franco Liu ’20 Awarded Downing Scholarship to Study at University of Cambridge

Franco Liu ’20 had never heard of the field of linguistics before coming to Pomona College. An international student from China, Liu was interested in exploring gender and women’s studies – but as fate would have it, by chance he ended up taking Introduction to Linguistics taught by Professor Michael Diercks during his first year of college. The experience ended up being “serendipitous,” Liu says.


After Graduation, Darartu Doto ’18 Heads to Ethiopia to Launch Menstruation Education Project

As a young girl growing up in Ethiopia, Darartu Doto ’18 remembers how older girls would skip school for about a week every month. She never understood why until she moved to the U.S. at the age of 11 and had an “aha” moment: girls in Ethiopia lacked both feminine hygiene products and menstrual education, forcing many to skip large chunks of school every year.


Napier Award Recipient Teo Saragi ’18 To Chronicle the Untold Stories of Cambodians Deported from the U.S.

As one of the recipients of the 2018 Napier Award, Saragi has been awarded $15,000 for a project that advances endeavors for peace and social justice. The other Napier fellow whose project was funded for 2018 was Claremont McKenna’s Jasmine Shirey '18.