25 Years of Ford Scholars

Each year up to twenty rising Juniors are given the opportunity to 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.

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 Ford Apprentice Scholars Program in 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.
Read the scholarly work of our 2016 student authors in The Eckerd Scholar.
Check out our 25 Years of Ford Scholars photos on Flickr!

History of Ford Program at Eckerd

In 1986 the Ford Foundation launched a funding initiative to encourage the development of programs designed to encourage more academically outstanding undergraduates to consider careers as college and university professors. A second goal of the initiative was to foster a renewed sense of commitment to the academic profession by current faculty members. Based on a survey to identify college and universities that had produced a significant percentage of bachelor degree alumni who went on to graduate school and completed a Ph.D., the Foundation invited 39 institutions to apply for grants to establish programs designed to encourage more of their best and brightest undergraduates to consider the academic profession. The list included many of the nation’s leading universities, including all the members of the Ivy League, the University of Chicago, and Stanford. Among the 39 was Eckerd.

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A team of faculty chaired by the Dean of Faculty designed a program and submitted a proposal which along with Princeton and Brooklyn College, was one of the first three institutions to be approved for funding: $250,000 over three years. In 1991, 16 institutions among the original 39 were invited to apply for additional funding. Eckerd was among these and received an additional $200,000.

Eckerd’s program was launched in the fall of 1986 with the selection of 20 rising Juniors as Ford Apprentice Scholars to enroll in a specially designed two semester course in the History of Ideas, the first step in a two year sequence of study culminating in a major research project under the supervision of a faculty sponsor. The first class of Ford Scholars graduated in May, 1989.

The essential elements of the program are a two semester course in the History of Ideas in the Junior year concluding with a symposium at which the Apprentice Scholars make public presentations; a summer research project in close collaboration with their faculty sponsor; a major research project as a Senior; publication of an article based on this research in the Eckerd Scholar; and a year-long weekly seminar during the Senior year in which they share progress reports on their research, hear from individual faculty members on life as a professor, and discuss major issues having to do with contemporary higher education.

The Ford Apprentice Scholar program continues to flourish. Graduates have gone on to the nation’s best graduate programs and many are now members of college and university faculties. Faculty members look forward to working as sponsors with the highly motivated and talented students who are selected for the program.

The original goals of the Ford Foundation initiative have been more than fulfilled by Eckerd Apprentice Scholar Program.

Over 25 Years of Ford Scholars

Class of 2018

Sorella Andersen
Lila Bellucci
Savannah Carter
Ciaran Fitzpatrick
Diego Fleitas
Amber Furnee
Roxanne Hoorn
Ashling Jackson
Daira Brayley
Ali Lee
Timothy Lee
Sarah LeFebvre
Olivia Merkhofer
Grace Miller
Madeline Streilein
Shannon Tivona
Kenneth Tremblay
Joy Vincent
Hana Zwick

Class of 2017

Jason Baer
Daniel Chapman
Eva Chryscohoou
Brittany Evans
Tia Hildebrandt
Tobias Krussig
Elizabeth Quade
Sarah Raney
Sarah Robinson
Claire Russell
Clara Suarez-Nugent
Julia Tanquary
Vivienne Tien
Olivia Weed
Blaide Woodburn

Class of 2016

Henry Ashworth
Shannon Bownes
Haley Burger
Victoria Carodine
Brooke Cerny
Matthew Cramer
Derek Godshall
Shelby Hall
Krysta LaMotte
Megan McCoy
Alexandra Mezentsev
Robert Musci
Hannah Sisk
Dustin Smith
Kevin Thielen
Mackenzie Voots
Laura Winters

Class of 2015

Cecily Bacon
Daniela Baeza
Rachel Beck
Ross Busch
Eleanor Finkenaur
Kimberly Fitzpatrick
Chris Flight
Dylan Gray
Greg Johnson
Emily Lehew
Cassandra Lyon
Aya Matsunaga
Luke McKinnon
Maggie Miller
Colleen O’Brien
Brady O’Donnell
Haley Ramirez
Dustin Smith
Cleo Warner
Elisabeth White

Class of 2014

Michelle Breault
Erik Brydges
Ashleen Brydum
Maria Castro
Rachel Feinberg
Geoffrey Fella
Olivia Kim
Katie Lantz
Wyatt McMurry
Zachary Means
Christine Michael
Claire Miller
Haley Musial
Karyn Paradis
Katherine Pemberton
Lorel Schmitzberger
Chantal Van Ginkel
Miranda Watrous

Class of 2013

Ben Belgrad
Alexandra Fodor
Charles(Chad) Foreman
Christine Hammerschmidt
Tatyanna Henderson
Deborah Hilbert
Ryan Jarrett
Andrew Katzenstein
Tony Leyh
Robert Liggett
Sarah Malhotra
Blaze Marpet
Jaclyn New
Sarah Seniuk
Amanda Sosnowski
Jaqueline Steffen
Maxine Tan
Travis Tyler
Roble Poe Velasco-Rosenheim
Sierra Voss

Class of 2012

Elizabeth Argento
Ena Begovic
John Celestin
Kristine Crowe
Kathryn Hamilton
Emma Hartmann
Kelly Henry
Rebecca Hutchinson
Lukas Kucinski
Zoe O’Donoghue
Sarah Partin
Arya Poppema-Bannon
Constancia Vilomar
Robert Skoumal
Lauren Van Woudenberg
Elena Weinberg
Mary Wilks
Sean Lawlor
Tara Roeder

Class of 2011

Jean Albiges
Evan Bollier
Rachel Chamberlin
Rebecca Derex
Cal Dorough
Kaylee Frahs
Megan Freda
Richard Frnka
Rachel Harbeitner
Jeremy Kerr
Rebeca Lanier
Danielle Lutfi-Proctor
Laurel Ormiston
Elizabeth Renihan
Caitlin Riggs
Michael Specht
Sara Sternberg
Bryan Tate
Spencer Weiss
Megan Wilson

Class of 2010

Kelli Barr
Catherine Baugh
Erick Brucks
Michelle Duquette
Calvin Gilkey
Gena Goodman
Gabrielle Kan
Caitlin Meehan-Draper
Meghan Meehan-Draper
Samuel Murphy
Katherine Pfeiffer
Healther Relyea
Amy Zeifman

Class of 2009

Caroline ANtolik
Heather Bolint
Corinna Cicmanec
John Ganz
Kristen Jabanoski
Ariel Lewis
Chelsea Mosure
Michelle Myers
Whitney Neugebauer
Suzanne Simpson
Galway Traynor
Stephanie Wolfe
Gabrielle Wolk
Kaela Wuesthoff

Class of 2008

Kaleena B urges
Kayla Cartwright
Jocelyn Cercone
Ross Cohen
Grace Gair
Lance Garner
Elizabeth J Green
Scott Hale
Killi Hoover
Sarah Levithol
Elizabeth Morra
Drew Murray
Courtney Nosah
Emma REuss
Amy Santee
Danielle Sutter
Ivanela Vasileva
Jeffrey Ackley

Class of 2007

Alexandre Karnell
Alissa Parr
Jacqueline McCarthy
Zoe Friedman
Stefan Ransom
Colleen Booth
Chrysostom Graves
Caitlin O’Grady
Yasmin Uriel
Audrey Copeland
Kyle Flanagan
Samantha Symon
Nichole Collins
Rebecca Helm
Amanda Holup
Moses Michelsohn
Leslie Wallace
Christopher Crooks
Jackie McClure
Brian Zielinski

Class of 2006

Craig Altemose
Blaise Bess
Ross Felsher
Lisa Fish
Amber McKinnon
Randolph Browne
Travis Clairmont
Joseph Haley
Melissa Berrien
Alexis Clark
Danielle Greenhow
Matthew Kuzemchak
Stephanie Sunderman
Elizabeth Whittington
Jeanette Diane Williams
Lauren Yeager

Class of 2005

Stefan Malizia
Ronald Porter
Brett Baumann
Natalie Bicknell
Mary C. Martin
Elissa Dubinski
Sara Mattice
Michael Roess
Aliye Runyan
Benjamin Caldwell
Jamaica Fredericks
Nicole Allard
Jeremy Bracone
Aaron O’Connell
Carey Perry
Julie Lynn Turt
Yuri Yamshita

Class of 2004

Sandra Colby
Kristin Johnson
Douglas Borgman
Elizabeth Nagorski
Erin Cayce
Sabrina Edmonston
Eric Fernandez
Paul Higgins
Melissa Ratcliff
Scott Roedersheimer
Laura Borecki
Cynthia Gangi
Ivelin Georgie
Elizabeth Grahm
Olivera Grujic
Terrill Hollweg
Aimee McClean
Sladjana Mijatovic
SethScott
Gina Skurka

Class of 2003

Christine Lessard
Karen Luchka
Rachel Nohlgren
Lucas Seipp
Blanca Garcia
Mary Brown
Lisa Daily
Mark Mueller
Ashley Barabas
Elizabeth Ann DeVries
Nana Yaw Obene Dua-Kyei
Adrian Homes
Andrea Horntvedt
Diana Huestis
Jennifer Regis
Elizabeth Schaefer
Kimberly Schoenly
Dana Schwab
Kathleen Tripp

Class of 2002

Katherine Court
Andrew Deringer
Arku, Ekow
Shannon Ellison
Jessica Ricciarelli
William Seuffert
Michael Myers
Robyn Steinweg
Evan Vella
Jennifer Kingsley
Vais Salikhov
Janice Blumenthal
Rebecca Goodnight
David Hendrickson
Thomas Lendrihas
Kristen Lipscomb
Kristen Phillips
Samantha Sidlecki
Amit Verma

Class of 2001

Emil Iantchev
Patricia Manteiga
Erick Gadol
Angela Maitner
Alex Trouteaud
Taryn Sabia
Laura Johnson
Megan Kelleher
Allison Kramer
Jennifer LaRocco
Tina Maria Serbanos
Amy Villamagna
Tanja Hadzic
Sabra Marie Lofgren
Matthew Molineaux
Jaime Thompson

Class of 2000

Sara Lawson
Kathleen Lyden
Teryn Rozales
Laura Ann Briancesco
Jessica Ciddio
Amanda Dickenson
Tomas Radcliffe
Kristine Herrington
Angela Damery
Laura Estep
Aura Fajardo
Lorna Fountain
Ofir Garcia
Rayetta Grasty
Danielle Hager
Robert Meyers
Katie Moor
Hunter Randleman

Class of 1999

Ashley Andrews
Taryn Fielder
Jeffrey Weihing
Jan Brunson
Brian Eustis
Michelle Pratt
Howard Tanner
Jaime DiPietro
Luke Gawronski
Cynthia Mitchell
Thea Vandervelde
Jamie Eng
Matthew Fagen
Tessa Michelle Hill
Michele Merves

Class of 1998

Megan Watson
Matthew Fisher
Cara Hallmon
Katherine Sanderlin
Derek Anderson
Gregory Briggs
Maya Minkin
Allison Payne
Andrew Cameron
Sara Doty
Brian Phillip Evans
Benn Gilbertson
Julie Huber
Elizabeth Grevengoed
Heather Macrellis
Mary Meredith
Jaime Natoli
Jennifer Nelson
Aleutia Scott
Nathan Wall

Class of 1997

Kelly Mabin
Emily Kukulies
Carrie McDonald
Marnee Myer
Tama Soderlund
Elizabeth Gilmour
Heather Joseph
Joseph Roedersheimer
Trisha Schmirler
Maria Bates
Simeon Berry
Christopher Connors
Stuart Hyatt
Cara Brody
Sara Bryant
Christy Anna Karpenski
Ryan Thompson
Timothy Michael Fluharty
Paul Anderson
Janice Hartnup
Jennifer Jeffers
Angela Strub

Class of 1996

Samuel Wilkin
Shannon Varner
John McInnis
Ellie Schemenauer
Jordan Matus
Jennifer Stevens
Charlotte Butzin
Christina Lamp
Todd Nicolet
Lisa Water
Michael Brudzinski
Andrew Woods
Sara Brewer
Christopher Goff
Zachary Liggett
Eric Schrimshaw
Michael Sinisgalli
Jaya Bohlander
Stephanie Doughtry
Maeve Dion
Mark Knobelsdorf
Virginia Beth Paulk
Jason Tavares
Mark Allen
Christy Brush
Mark Andrew Croxford
Nora Green
Eileen McMahon
Theodore Pierson

Class of 1995

Michael Bazzy
Kimberly Hoffman
Mark Cubberley
Shannon Alexander
Kristen Brauer
Ginger Lynn
Amelia Neat
Karen Wiegman
Megan Frayer
Laura Klahre

Class of 1994

Mary Hord
Nicole McCutchan
Julia Welch
Stacey Moore
Jennifer Jensen
Tiffany McCaskill
Melissa Jacques
Jason Bell
Anne Chapin
Melanie Green
Shera Moxley
Jennifer Rudicil
Mary Cashman
Tag Engstron
Cari Gibbs
Aaron Hynick
Julie Titus

Class of 1993

Jennifer Emde
Robert Scott Kadel
Micheele Meer
Merrilee Mundahl
Eric Stewart
Kristie Taylor
Jessica Baker
Laura Conklin
Nicole Hines
Heather Tafel
David Bergren
Crista Calamas
Bonnie Levine
Jennie O’Flanagan
Andrew Joseph
Martha Kuykendall
Christina Munch
Anne Grace Iolanthe S
Sandra Sutherland

Class of 1992

Matthew Gerdeman
Glen Lukinbill
Brita Osmundsvaag
Jason Palmateer
Matthew Staman
Laura Blasi
Annemarie Hennelly
Susan Moss
Laura Rogers
Julie Stevenson
James Corte
Tracy Grubb
Kelsey Jordahl
Kara Linna
Debra Nail
Quinton Zondervan
Rebecca Blitch

Class of 1991

Andrew Jennings
Pratichi Shah
Laura Helmuth
Jill Nordbrock
Kristen Lee Salomon
Peter Verbeek
Richard Harden
April Harshaw
Dana Ann Elizabeth M
Angela Matusik
Charlene Tuttle
Carole Zarella
Katherine Piccin
Andrea Turnbull
Rebecca Bridges
Kimberly Eidt
John Kress
Anne Varia
Daniel Jeffre
Roxanne Spencer

Class of 1990

Michael Bentley
Pamela DeSimone
Brian Morton
Donna Nice
Laura Chapman
John Harris
Kresten Carden
Nicholle DeMouy
Mary Garlick
Caroline Maun
Nanette Nascone
Je-Nien Marie Ernst
Frank Miskevich
Robert Conroy Tempe

Class of 1989

Ian Paine Johnson
Stephanie Kadel
Allison Pate
Andrew Traver
Jeanne Wright
Michele Anderson
Suzanne Myer
Anne Sumner
Paula Houhoulis
Reuben Pribble
Nasir Abbasi
Mark Tluszcz
Angela DeRose
Jason Hill
Jenny Valdes
Erin Murley
Silvina Sosa-Manrique