We salute Lawrence's Watson Fellowship, Fulbright-Hays Scholarship, Udall Foundation Scholarship and DownBeat Award winners—who are teaching, researching, and traveling the world to pursue their passions.

Eli Cauley '18: Watson Winner

Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Major: Linguistics
Next Step: Watson Fellowship Winner | “wanderjahr”
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“I’ve been the game maker desperately trying to figure out where games fit into my life. The medium is so woefully underexplored and it so desperately needs diverse voices to breathe life into its unexplored corners. For my Watson project, I hope to follow this thread around the world, exploring the exciting and diverse game makers who exist outside the traditional game development world."

Elena Hudacek '18: Fulbright Winner

Elena WinHometown: Lexington, Mass.
Majors: Linguistics, Spanish
Next Step: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Bogota, Colombia

"I’ve worked a lot at Lawrence with international students as a mentor and a tutor, and I’ve really enjoyed that role. Having studied in Europe during my term abroad, I decided I wanted to live in Latin America after graduation. I’ll gain leadership experience, become more independent, and further develop my Spanish skills. Plus, I’m just obsessed with Colombian music!"

Will Gill '18: Fulbright Winner

Will WinHometown: Bloomington, Ill.
Majors: Government, German
Next Step: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany

“As a Fulbright recipient, I feel like I’m in a position to focus less on myself and more on other people. I can relate comfortably to people in Germany, culturally, linguistically and personally because I’ve spent so much time there.”

Nalee Douangvilay '18: Fulbright Winner

Najee Douangvilay

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wis.
Major: English
Next Step: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, South Korea

"I went to Lawrence’s London Centre my junior year, and it was my first time being abroad. The program in Korea is host families for the first year, so I feel like I’m going to get another really authentic experience."

Augusta Finzel '18: Fulbright Winner


Hometown: Morris, Minn.
MajorsBiology, Russian
Next StepFulbright English Teaching Assistant, Greenland

"I’m interested in melting permafrost in the Arctic and other climate change problems. Greenland works really well with those interests because so much of it is inside the Arctic Circle. It’s right at the heart of many of these problems."

Emilio Salvia '17: Fulrbight Winner


Hometown: Elmhurst, Ill.
Majors: Biology, German
Next Step: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany

"I’m confident my Fulbright experience will enhance my worldview. I plan to continue my studies at a university, conduct research and gain insights into another culture’s work environment. My Fulbright year will help prime me for a career in government, international affairs or academia, all of which are major interests of mine."

Sam Genualdi '17: DownBeat Winner and Watson Fellow

Hometown: Evanston, Ill
Major: Performance (Student-Designed)
Next Step: DownBeat Winner and Watson Fellowship

"My music draws on influences from hip-hop, contemporary wind ensemble music and a lot of spread out harmony. I had one central motif that I drew upon to create the whole thing. I took this short melodic idea and flipped it on its head, It’s not your standard big-band music."

"I plan to spend my Watson year in five countries steeped in unfamiliar musical traditions. Music can be a powerful tool to bridge cultural gaps. The musical experiences I’ll have in each country is sure to be different, but each will help bring into focus a larger picture of the human experience. Music is an important part of life across the globe and I am intensely inspired by discovering these connections."

The Lawrence Minute - DownBeat & Fulbright

Lawrentians are regular recipients of DownBeat Magazine’s coveted Student Music Award and the Fulbright U.S. Student grant.

Tim Carrigg ’16 recently won a DownBeat Award in the original composition/large ensemble category. Although Lawrentians have won a total of 27 Student Music Awards, Carrigg is only one of two Lawrence students to win the coveted award back-to back.

Hayley Cardinal ’16 is one of two Lawrence students traveling to Germany on a Fulbright grant this year, and one of 100+ Lawrentians to receive this prestigious opportunity. After traveling to Berlin through Lawrence’s study-abroad program, she is ready to return for 10 months as an English language teaching assistant.

Hayley Cardinal '16: Fulbright Winner


Hometown: Lombard, Ill.
Majors: German, Linguistics
Next Step: ESL Teacher's aide, Fulbright U.S., Berlin

“Lawrence has given me the confidence to pursue my passions and continue to push myself to learn and share my knowledge as I help teach in Berlin.”

Kirstin Edwards '16: Fulbright Winner

edwardsHometown: Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Majors: German, Physics
Next Step: ESL Teacher's aide, Fulbright U.S., Berlin

“Teaching will be a very valuable experience, I worked in the Netherlands and really enjoyed working with an international group. I saw a lot of value in that sort of international exchange and felt I would benefit from a more immersive experience in Germany.”

Katie Uram ’16: Fulbright Winner

Hometown: Naperville, Ill.
Major: Anthropology
Next Step: Fulbright Student Program Award, China

"Throughout my Fulbright project, I will be talking to artisans about how they view their cultural identity, how their perceptions intertwine with their craft-making and how they see the future of their craft."

The Lawrence Minute - Winners (2015)

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Jack Canfield '15: Watson Winner

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Anthony Capparelli '14: Watson Winner

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Watson Fellows are selected on the basis of the nominee’s character, academic record, leadership potential, willingness to delve into another culture and the personal significance of the project proposal. Since its founding, nearly 2,600 fellowships have been awarded.

It was established by the children of Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the founder of International Business Machines Corp., and his wife, Jeannette, to honor their parents’ long-standing interest in education and world affairs.

Read more about Jack Canfield's Watson Fellowship.

Read more about Anthony Capparelli’s Watson Fellowship.

Helen Titchener '14

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Abigail Wagner '14

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Ellie Perry '14

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Inanna Craig-Morse '14

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Katie Blackburn '14

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Operating in more than 155 countries, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni have been awarded the Nobel Prize and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.

Read more about the Fulbright Fellows.

Ruby Dickson '16: Fulbright-Hays Winner

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Ruby's Fulbright-Hays scholarship was awarded through Associated Colleges in China (ACC), a partnership of six leading institutions of higher education in China dedicated to the highest quality of Chinese language education. The scholarship, funded by the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays program, is awarded to highly qualified U.S. undergraduate or graduate students, and sponsors international travel, program tuition and lodging in China.

Read more about Ruby Dickson's Fulbright-Hays Scholarship.

Tim Carrigg '16: DownBeat Winner

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Eli Edelman '15: DownBeat Winner

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The Student Music Awards, announced in DownBeat’s June edition, are presented in 13 categories in five separate divisions (junior high, high school, performing high school, undergraduate college and graduate college) are considered among the highest music honors in the field of jazz education.

Read more about Tim Carrigg and Eli Edelman's DownBeat Awards. 

Zechariah Meunier '15: Udall Winner

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Founded in 1992, the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation is one of five federal foundations established by Congress. Among the missions of the foundation is to increase awareness of the importance of the nation’s natural resources, foster a greater recognition and understanding of the role of the environment, public lands and resources in the development of the United States and identify critical environmental issues.

Read more about Zechariah Meunier's Udall Scholarship.

This is Lawrence - More Winners

Look back at Lawrence's previous Winners.

They have excelled in the classroom and their scholarly achievements have earned them national recognition. We salute Lawrence's past Watson, Fulbright and Udall scholars—students and faculty—who are making all of us at Lawrence very, very proud.


2014 Winners
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2013 Winners

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2012 Winners

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