What is the
Rouse Scholarship?

Please note: Rouse Scholarships are currently paused. We will accept applications again beginning in Fall 2022.

Current Scholars and alumni after Rouse dinner.

Made possible via a generous gift by Andrew Rouse '49,  the Rouse Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship which covers full tuition, books, and lab fees for up to two sophomores beginning in the spring semester of their sophomore year and continuing through graduation.  Those nominated by faculty and professional staff and selected for this prestigious scholarship:

  • Have demonstrated significant leadership potential in such areas as the college houses, creative and performing arts, athletics, student government, fraternities and sororities, volunteer opportunities, and other student organizations;
  • Are in good standing and have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher; and
  • Are interested in becoming part of the broader F&M Rouse Student and Alumni Network, who are engaged in the life of the College and the career and professional success of each other.

The Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD) is pleased to facilitate the selection and programmatic aspects of the Scholarship in collaboration with the Office of Student Affairs.  

Rouse Scholars from Inception to Present 

2021    Lydia Shaw & Glory Jacquat

2020    Mira Lerner & Hargobind Vohra

2021     Reese Lemke 

2020     Mira Lerner & Hargobind Vohra

2019     Jael Lewis & Tyler Schubert

2018      Jennifer Deasy & Saliyah George

2017     Cecilia Plaza & Dustin Smith

2016     Julia Fleisch & Fatoumata Keita

2015     Rachel Codkind & Mark Harmon-Vaught

2014     Michael Haines & Sarah Mills

2013     Andrew Foley & Nora Theodore


2012     Carra Kramer & Mona Lotfipour

2011     Robert "Lewie" Briggs & Johanna Schein

2010    Benjamin Berg & Anatoli Karas

2009     Molly Briere, Kalasia Daniels & Heather van der Grinten

2008     Matthew Guthier & Lindsey Nye

2007     Layne Amerikaner & Lindsey Harteis

2006     Jane Bee & Sara Beltz

2005     Jared Policicchio & Jamie Tyrrell

2004     Danielle Anglade Crookes & Natalie Flora Tibbels

Scholar Book Choice

Each year, the graduating Rouse Scholars select and present a book to the President of the College and members of the Rouse Scholar community, representing the character, leadership and citizenship traits they and the Rouse Scholar community value and embody.  Below are the books that the graduating scholars have selected and presented to date. 

2021          Citizen: An American Lyric; Claudia  Rankine 

                      Reese Lemke 

2020         The Color Purple; Alice Walker

                     Mira Lerner and Hargobind Vohra 

2019          The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates; Wes Moore

                     Jael Lewis & Tyer Schubert

2018          The Happiness Project; Gretchen Rubin

                      Jennifer Deasy & Saliyah George

2017           The Book of Joy; 14th Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams

                       Cecelia Plaza & Dustin Smith

2016           Americanah; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

                      Julia Fleisch & Fatoumata Keita

2015           The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist;  Richard Feynman

                       Rachel Codkind & Mark Harmon-Vaught

2014           The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Junot Diaz

                       Michael Haines & Sarah Mills

2013           The Elegance of the Hedgehog; Muriel Barbery

                      Andrew V. Foley &  Nora Theodore 

2012           The Prophet; Kahlil Gibran

                       Carra Kramer & Mona Lotfipour

2011           The Higher Law; Thoreau on Civil Disobedience and Reform; Henry D. Thoreau

                       Robert “Lewie” Briggs & Johanna Schein

2010           Mountains Beyond Mountains, The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would                                 Cure The World; Tracy Kidder

                      Benjamin Berg & Anatoli Karas

2009           The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life; Erving Goffman

                       Molly Briere, Kalasia Daniels & Heather van der Grinten

2008           The Social Contract and the Discourses; Jean-Jacques Rousseau

                        Matthew Guthier & Lindsey Nye 

2007           My American Century; Studs Terkel

                       Layne Amerikaner & Lindsey Harteis 

2006           Hershey: Milton S. Hershey’s Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire, and Utopian                                Dreams; Michael D’Antonio

                       Jane Bee & Sara Beltz 

2005           Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed; Jared Diamond

                       Jared Policicchio & Jamie Tyrrell 

2004           The Power of One; Bryce Courtney

                       Danielle Anglade & Natalie Flora