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20 Rising Eckerd Juniors Selected as Ford Scholars

posted on 04/18/2013

Twenty rising juniors have been selected as Ford Apprentice Scholars as announced by Dean of Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Suzan Harrison.

The Ford Apprentice Scholars Program at Eckerd College was launched by a grant from the Ford Foundation in 1987, sustained by a second Ford grant in 1991 and is now supported by the College. These juniors will participate in a two year course of study designed to prepare them for graduate school and to pursue a career in college or university teaching. The 2013-2014 Ford Scholars are:

Cecily Bacon '15 of Cincinnati, Ohio
Daniela Baeza '15 of Potomac, Md.
Rachel Beck '15 of Cupertino, Calif.
Ross Busch '15 of Washingtonville, N.Y.
Eleanor Finkenaur '15 of Phoenixville, Pa.
Kimberly Fitzpatrick '15 of Centreville, Va.
Chris Flight '15 of Schaumburg, Ill.
Dylan Gray '15 of Uniondale, Ind.
Greg Johnson '15 of Atlanta, Ga.
Emily Lehew '15 of Durham, N.C.
Cassandra Lyon '15 of Annapolis, M.D.
Aya Matsunaga '15 of Kunitachi City, Japan
Luke McKinnon '15 of West Roxbury, Mass.
Maggie Miller '15 of Olathe, Kan.
Colleen O'Brien '15 of Chardon, Ohio
Brady O'Donnell '15 of Littleton, Colo.
Haley Ramirez '15 of Evanston, Ill.
Dustin Smith '15 of Rocky River, Ohio
Cleo Warner '15 of Naples, Fla.
Elisabeth White '15 of Bridgeport, W.Va.

Faculty select and sponsor the participants on the basis of academic achievement, intellectual promise, and a willingness to explore college teaching as career. The program involves special coursework, summer research in collaboration with a faculty sponsor, a major project during the Senior year, and supervised teaching experience.

The 26th Annual Ford Forum, sponsored by Junior Ford Scholars, is the culmination of the program's 25th anniversary - "Extreme Thought: Transcending Boundaries" is scheduled for Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Triton Room. Topics will focus on major issues in the students' disciplines and in higher education.

Ford Forum 2013 invite

This spring, the 25th Anniversary of the Ford Scholar program was marked with presentations by two former scholars, Mark Tluszcz '89 and Dr. Ron Porter '05.

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