Gillian Gray '17, a philosophy major currently studying abroad at Oxford University, was recently awarded the Beinecke Scholarship, a highly selective award for college juniors who plan to pursue graduate courses of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Gray is one of only 20 students nationwide to be selected for the award. 

"Though I didn't want to put too much pressure on whether or not I received the scholarship, I knew that it would be a huge step for my career if I did," said Gray, who spent more than a year working through the application process “I'm from a very small, low-income working-class family, so I'll be relying on what I can make though work and scholarships to fund any future studies."

Gray intends to study social justice, animal rights and environmental issues through a philosophical lens.

Nina Finley ’17, a biology and environmental studies major, has been named a 2016-2017 Goldwater Scholar. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is the most prestigious undergraduate award given in the sciences. It rewards students with outstanding potential who plan to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.

"I'm honored and excited by the news," said Finley. "I owe a huge thanks to everyone who helped me along the way."

Last year, Finley earned the Hollings Scholarship and the Udall Scholarship. She is also currently a finalist for the Truman Scholarship. This summer, she will conduct fieldwork on ocean acidification and sea star wasting disease as part of her internship with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies.