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Winners of Johnson Opportunity Grants Announced

Johnson Opportunity Grant winners, first row, l to r: Kendall Massengill; Catherine Kruse; Hiba Assi; Cristina Bratu; second row: Holly Ratliff, Felice Herman; James Dick; Lauren Sturdy.
Johnson Opportunity Grant winners, first row, l to r: Kendall Massengill; Catherine Kruse; Hiba Assi; Cristina Bratu; second row: Holly Ratliff, Felice Herman; James Dick; Lauren Sturdy.
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The Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity at Washington and Lee University has announced the eight inaugural recipients of the Johnson Opportunity Grants. The grants are funded by a gift to W&L which also created scholarships, a lecture and symposia series focusing on leadership and two endowed professorships.

The grant will support students in a variety of off-campus summer projects which will help them in their chosen careers and fields of study. These first eight winners are part of a pilot program for the Johnson Opportunity Grants, which will be fully operational in 2010-2011, at which time between 25-30 students will be chosen yearly.

The grants will vary in amount from $1,000 to $4,500 depending on budgets, travel costs, living expenses and other necessary expenditures. The first eight recipients of Johnson Opportunity Grants are:

  • Hiba Assi '10, a double major in physics and mathematics and will be conducting research on fluid dynamics in a lab at the American University in Lebanon.
  • Cristina Bratu '11, an economics major, wants to work with a UN development program in Romania. She will hear about her internship application shortly.
  • James Dick '10, an economics major, is active in the Shepherd Poverty Program, and will be working in Peru with a microfinance project that helps people in that community take advantage of small business opportunities.
  • Felice Herman '11, an anthropology major, will spend the summer doing field work in Gabii, Italy-the site of an ancient Latin city that was once a rival to Rome.
  • Catherine Kruse '11, with a double major in English and psychology and a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, has an internship with the National Women's Law Center in Washington.
  • Kendall Massengill '10, a biochemistry major, is seeking an internship dealing with health and social justice.
  • Holly Ratliff '10, with a double major in religion and classics, is planning to work in Washington for an organization that studies the legal and public policy issues involving relations between church and state.
  • Lauren Sturdy '11, majoring in art history and chemistry, will have an internship with the Museum Conservation Institute in Maryland where she will work on textile conservation.