In the past ten years Whitman students have been awarded:
- 1 Rhodes Scholarship
- 4 Truman Scholarships
- 62 Fulbright Fellowships
- 12 Watson Fellowships
- 8 Udall Awards
- 25 National Science Foundation Fellowships
- 2 Beinecke Scholarships
- 2 Goldwater Scholarships
- 1 CDC Fellowship
- 2 Trudeau Scholarship
Recent Fellowship and Scholarship Recipients
Interests/pleasures: Charcoal drawing, dancing, running, writing
Best travel experience: Visiting Burma's ancient capital, Bagan, in 2011
What people don't know about me: I really wish I could sing well.
Words to live by: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." (Dr. Seuss)
Interests/pleasures: teaching, cooking, preserving food, backgammon, painting
Best travel experience: Trying a macaroon for the first time in Paris when I was 13. We called them "dessert hamburgers"!
What people don't know about me: I could grow old happily in Walla Walla.
Words to live by: "Alice laughed. ‘One can't believe impossible things.' ‘I daresay you haven't had much practice,' said the Queen. ‘. . .Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.'"
(Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, 1871)
Major: German Studies
Interests/pleasures: radio, music, journalism, travel, languages
Best travel experience: Wandering Istanbul with my Kumpels.
What people don't know about me: Although I keep ending up in landlocked places, I love surfing. In my old age, I will become a beach bum.
Words to live by: "All men dream: but not equally. Those who dream by night . . . wake in the day to find out that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible." (T.E. Lawrence)
Major: Foreign Languages and Literatures (French)
Interests/pleasures: Reading, new foods, museum-hopping, cats
Best travel experience: Marseille, Aix-en-Provence and Arles, Fall 2012
What people don't know about me: I have a male alter ego named Carl.
Words to live by: "Il est utile de connaître d'autres langues que la sienna . . . C'est comme de connaître d'autres gens, d'autres pays." ("It is useful to know languages other than your own . . . It's like knowing other people, other countries.") (Assia Djebar)
Interests/pleasures: biology, reading, foreign-exchange markets, technical writing, flightless birds, human evolution, carotenoids
Best travel experience: Italy, 2011, with professors Chris Wallace and Ginger Withers for International Brain Organization World Congress.
What people don't know about me: I've always wanted to live in Arizona.
Words to live by: "Theories have four stages of acceptance: 1) this is worthless; 2)this is an interesting, but perverse, point of view; 3)this is true, but quite unimportant; 4) I always said so." (J.B.S. Haldane)
Interests/pleasures: writing, reading, swimming, magic, music (The Gathering)
Best travel experience: climbing the Volkerschlacht Denkmal in Leipzig, a massive memorial commemorating the defeat of Napoleon near Leipzig.
What people don't know about me: While I'm an introvert at heart, I really enjoy meeting new people, even if I don't show it at the time.
Words to live by: "We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams." (Arthur Edgar O'Shaughnessy)
Major: Applied Physics (through the 3/2 program)
Interests/pleasures: skiing, basketball, sailing, baseball, coffee
Best travel experience: Sailing with my family in the San Juan Islands.
What people don't know about me: I worked for a summer at a salmon processing plant in Alaska.
Words to live by: "Ask people how they got there, because I guarantee that no one took a direct path with no detours."
Interests/pleasures: cycling, chocolate fondue, people, "oldies" records
Best travel experience: An 88-hour bus trip across Senegal and Mali.
What people don't know about me: I'm a scholar of British romantic comedies.
Words to live by: "If things start happening, don't worry. Don't stew. Just go right along, and you'll start happening too." (Dr. Seuss)
Interests/pleasures: creative writing, Drama Club, The Pioneer
Best travel experience: Study abroad in India, 2010.
What people don't know about me: In high school I was a member of a mime troupe.
Words to live by: "Vertigo is the conflict between fear of falling and the desire to fall" (Rushdie)
Interests/pleasures: Running, climbing, reading science fiction
Best travel experience: Semester abroad in Serbia, Bosnia and Kosovo
What people don't know about me: I can't watch horror movies because I get too scared.
Words to live by: "If we were supposed to talk more than we listen, we would have two mouths and one ear." (Mark Twain)
Interests/pleasures: Music, food, playing drums, travel, reading, baseball, trying to speak foreign languages
Best travel experience: Independent study project in Bodhgaya, India, on study abroad, 2007.
What people don't know about me: I'm a synaesthete; I experience music and sound as colorful, visual shapes and landscapes in my mind's eye.
Words to live by: "How strange it is to be anything at all." (Jeff Mangum)
Hometown: Seattle, Washington
Interests/pleasures: Music, hiking, new ways to dance and move, baking, slacklining, chocolate, rafting, languages, swimming, travel, new instruments
Best travel experience: Going to a friend’s village to visit his family for Teej, the women’s festival, in Nepal.
What people don’t know about me: My feet are as flat as a pancake.
Words to live by: “Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” (Rumi)