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Grants & Fellowships Give Students Global Opportunities

Awards will take many students around the world as they further their education.

Each year, many Whitman College students and recent graduates apply for fellowships and grants to pursue research, study abroad, develop leadership skills, teach others and explore the world. The application process requires considerable self-reflection, focus, commitment, and an investment of both time and concentrated effort.

“We celebrate all fellowship and grant applicants, regardless of the final result,“ says Jess Hernandez, Director of Fellowships and Grants, "and express gratitude to all of the individuals—faculty mentors, research advisors, staff, peers and family—that supported students and alumni through the application process.”

In the last 15 years, more than 500 Whitman students have earned prestigious fellowships and grants. Successful applicants typically excel in the areas of academic achievement, leadership and community engagement/service.

The Fellowships and Grants team in the Career and Community Engagement Center provides assistance to Whitman students and alumni in their search for grants, fellowships and scholarships. For more information, contact Jess Hernandez, Director of Fellowships and Grants, or Jenny Stratton, Administrative Assistant for Fellowships and Grants.

Below we highlight the dozens of students who were fellowship or grant recipients in the 2022–2023 academic year.

Purposeful Exploration


Watson Fellowship

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship presents graduating seniors with a rare opportunity post-college and pre-career to engage their deepest interest on a global scale. Fellows conceive and execute year-long original projects outside of the United States and embrace the ensuing journey. They decide where to go, who to meet and when to change course. The program produces a year of personal insight, perspective and confidence that shapes the arc of fellows’ lives.

  • Katie Jose ’23 (“Understanding Traditional Medicine” - Philippines, Hong Kong, Argentina)
  • Annie Means ’22 (“Gender Inclusion in the Maritime Industry” - United Kingdom, Iceland, Australia, Chile)


Fulbright U.S. Student Program, English Teaching Assistantship Award


Fulbright grants support individually designed study/research projects, arts projects (all disciplines), or English teaching assistantships, almost always in a single country. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program facilitates cultural exchange, allowing each grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints, beliefs, practices and ideas.


  • Alex Feller ’22 (English Teaching Assistantship, Spain)


  • Ilse Spiropoulos ’23 (English Teaching Assistantship, Greece)


  • Chloe Daikh ’21 (English Teaching Assistantship, Palestinian Territories)

North American Language and Culture Assistants (NALCA)

The North American Language and Culture Assistants (NALCA) program sends more than 2,000 American and Canadian participants to Spain each year to serve as language teaching assistants, sharing their native knowledge of the English or French language and North American culture in Spanish public K–12 schools.

  • Olivia Bell ’22 (Andalucia)
  • Anand Blair 22 (Andalucia)
  • Siena Hogan ’22 (Basque Country)
  • Beth Kutina 22 (Andalucia)
  • Sara Little 22 (Basque Country)
  • Alejandra Perez-Cuellar ’23 (Valencia)
  • Madi Welch ’22 (Andalucia)

CIEE Teach in Spain Program

The CIEE Teach In Spain Program supports Language and Culture Assistants as they teach in a public school within Madrid. The primary responsibility of Language and Culture Assistants is to help students develop their English language skills. Language and Culture Assistants are also responsible for facilitating cultural exchange and teaching students about other cultures.

  • Arya Kukreja ’22 (Madrid)

Teaching Assistantship Program in France (TAPIF)

Through the Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF), the French Ministry of Education and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy offer approximately 1,500 English language teaching assistantships in French primary and secondary schools as well as in various French teaching colleges in all regions of France and the French overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.

  • Kaitlynne Jensen ’23 (Nantes)



Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship program was created to encourage outstanding sophomores and juniors to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering, and to foster excellence in those fields.

  • Clare Hermanson ’24

Research Experience for Undergraduates

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REUs), Summer Undergraduate Research Programs (SURPs), and Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internships (SULIs) are competitive summer research programs for undergraduate students interested in STEM-focused fields. These programs are sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), and various universities and laboratories in the United States. Each student is associated with a specific research project and works closely with the faculty and other researchers.

  • Conor Bartol ’24 (NSF REU, Washington State University, Waves in Physics Program)
  • Sonia Burns ’25 (NSF REU, University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC), Doris Duke Conservation Program)
  • Ben Canty ’24 (DOE SULI, Stanford University, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory)
  • Chisunta “Mirriam” Chikwamu ’24 (NSF REU, Rutgers University, Rosetta Commons)
  • Grace Fassio ’24 (NSF REU, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder Solar Alliance Program, Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP))
  • Hannah Hagler ’24 (DOE SULI, Brookhaven National Laboratory)
  • Emily Patz ’24 (NSF REU, Montana State University, Microbiology of Low Oxygen Ecosystems (MLOxE) Program, Enviromin, Inc.)
  • Kaleo Toguchi-Tani 24 (NSF REU, Texas Christian University, Physics and Astronomy Program)
  • Yizhen “Sunny” Zhao ’24 (USDA-NIFA SURP, Washington State University, Improving Crop Resiliency: Agriculture in Changing Climate Program)


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP)

The purpose of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States, while also seeking to broaden participation in science and engineering from underrepresented groups. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in fields within the NSF’s mission.


  • Skylar Grayson ’21 (Physics and Astronomy – Astronomy and Astrophysics; Arizona State University)
  • Andreas Guerrero ’20 (Life Sciences – Evolutionary Biology; Oregon State University)
  • Noah Kaplan ’22 (Computer Science / Information Science / Engineering – Computer Architecture; University of Michigan)

Honorable Mentions:

  • Liam Dubay ’21 (Physics and Astronomy – Astronomy and Astrophysics; The Ohio State University)
  • Katherine Laliotis ’21 (Physics and Astronomy – Astronomy and Astrophysics; The Ohio State University)
  • Celena Marsters ’21 (Chemistry – Chemical Structure, Dynamics, and Mechanism; University of Texas at Austin)
  • Silas Miller ’21 (Life Sciences – Biochemistry; University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Andrew Reckers ’16 (Life Sciences – Biochemistry, Columbia University)



Projects for Peace Award

Projects for Peace is an initiative for students at Davis UWC partner schools, including Whitman College, to design grassroots projects for the summer—anywhere in the world—which promote peace and address the root causes of conflict among parties. 

  • Nishtha Rajbhandari ’24 (“The Period Project” - Nepal) 


Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship

The Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship, a project of the Congressional Hunger Center, is a unique leadership development opportunity for motivated individuals seeking to make a difference in the struggle to eliminate hunger and poverty in the United States. Fellows are placed with community-based organizations across the country.

  • Tatiana Villegas ’23

International & Graduate Study

U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program

The U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides students of limited financial means opportunities to study or intern abroad, enabling them to gain proficiency in diverse languages and skills that are critical to our national security and economic prosperity.

  • Margaret Kanyoko ’25 (CET Taiwan)
  • Louis Margolin ’24 (Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) Semester)
  • Erik Muro ’24 (SIT: Ecuador Development, Politics, and Languages)
  • Diana Narvaez Vazquez ’24 (IES: Rome - Rome Language and Area Studies)
  • Genevieve Vogel ’24 (SIT: Switzerland Banking, Finance, and Social Responsibility)

The George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs Fellowship

The Elliott School of International Affairs Fellowship at The George Washington University offers a number of highly competitive merit-based tuition awards to incoming full-time Master of Arts and Master of International Policy and Practice (MIPP) candidates.

  • Xuefei Sun ’23 (Awarded for Fall 2023 through Spring 2025)

Yenching Academy of Peking University Fellowship

The Yenching Academy of Peking University offers an interdisciplinary master’s degree program in China Studies to students who have demonstrated a talent for leadership and innovation. The Academy’s goal is to shape new generations of global citizens with a nuanced understanding of China, through an intensive immersive learning environment.

  • Salma Anguiano ’22

Schwarzman Scholars Program

The stated aim of the Schwarzman Scholars program is to prepare the next generation of global leaders. It was created to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century, from the belief that the success of future leaders will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends. Schwarzman Scholars receive full funding for a rigorous one-year Master of Global Affairs degree program at one of China’s most prestigious universities, Tsinghua University in Beijing.


  • Juan Pablo Liendo Molina ’21
Published on Aug 4, 2023
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