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Beinecke Scholarship Announced

Frank Najarro ‘18, an Anthropology major with a correlate in Latin American & Latino/a Studies will pursue graduate-level coursework and doctoral research in the field of Postcolonial, Environmental Anthropology, focusing on the conditions of rapid environmental change, resource competition, and community resilience in the Asia Pacific region. “…my goals include doctoral work leading to a PhD, including writing my own ethnographies about post-colonial states such as Guatemala, Singapore, and Australia, all which have remarkable histories that shape their societies today. I am interested in understanding and explaining cultural differences and similarities and acting as a socio-cultural bridge between peoples through my writing. For later in life, my goals include being a part of the next wave of Anthropological research and writing, making social change and acceptance of difference possible, becoming a professor so I can teach with the same passion I have been taught, and becoming a leading social theorist who furthers our understandings of socioecological relations in the Anthropocene.”

Vassar is among 106 schools invited to submit an application for consideration. The Committee on Fellowships nominates one person to go forward in the application process and there were 20 scholarships awarded this year. 

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. The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 470 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.

Each scholar receives $4,000 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.