Franklin & Marshall alumna Mona Lotfipour ’12 has received the prestigious Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, given each year to a select group of students attending many of America’s finest academic institutions. Now in her first year as a medical student at Penn State College of Medicine, Lotfipour is an Iranian immigrant who plans to work in public health and for the advancement of global health care.
“Mona’s achievement in securing a Soros Fellowship is a historic first for the College,” said F&M President Daniel R. Porterfield. “She is a special student and leader. She’s also exemplary of the deep talent in our student body, and the rise in prominence of our students and alums in top national scholarship and fellowship competitions.”
Lotfipour is a recipient of F&M’s prestigious Rouse Scholarship, which is awarded to Franklin & Marshall students who by their sophomore year have demonstrated unusual leadership while achieving academic excellence. She spent the 2012-13 academic year as a recipient of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship, earning a master of science in equality studies at University College Dublin.
Monica Cable, F&M’s director of fellowships and adjunct assistant professor of anthropology, has been instrumental in helping many students in their successful bids for international awards. “This year produced the largest contingent of student fellowship recipients we have seen at F&M to date,” Cable said.
Judith Stapleton ’12, the 2012 recipient of F&M’s Williamson Medal, won a Fulbright Academic Fellowship to study British art in the early 20th century at the University of Bristol in England. She will later pursue a doctoral degree at Yale University.
The College also had four recipients of Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA), which allow them to study and teach abroad: Aria Ogawa ’13 (Taipei, Taiwan), Danielle Roth ’14 (Poland), Valerie Sauers ’11 (Thailand) and Melissa Serrano ’14 (Mexico).
Other fellowship winners include Sarah Mills ’14, who won a French Government English Teaching Assistantship in Toulouse, France; Monica Duran ’14, who earned a Princeton in Latin America fellowship to work for the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice in New York City, Costa Rica and Perú; and Kim Trageser ’14, who won a Princeton in Asia fellowship to teach French in Singapore.