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Beinecke Scholarship Announced

Emma Iadanza '22 Art History and Medieval & Renaissance Studies Double Major

"My interests within art history have focused more on ephemera in these quasi-courtly settings – ceremonial works of art or pageants, created by the same artists and patrons who produced more permanent works that have come down to us today. Although our understanding of them is limited due to their sparse visual evidence, they are a window into the shared excitement that colored the daily life of the past, not unlike the official ceremonies or public events that we broadcast on television today. This is the subject that I would like to pursue in my graduate studies. I seek a PhD in art history, which I intend to continue to study with the interdisciplinary approach I have experienced as an undergraduate. Eventually, I aim to continue on with it as a professional in the field, continuing my research either at a university, archive, or museum."

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.