Last spring, two Krieger School undergraduates received prestigious awards that will pay at least $30,000 toward their graduate studies.
Patrick Kennedy, a senior from Watchung, N.J., received a Beinecke Scholarship, which he will use to pursue graduate work in English and the history of art, a path he says will strike a balance between research and a broad-based humanistic discipline. He hopes to earn concurrent degrees, completing one doctorate in American literature while preparing for a second thesis in artistic criticism (see more about his research.)
He is one of 20 students nationwide to be selected for the $32,000 Beinecke award, which is given by the board of directors of the Sperry and Hutchinson Co. to encourage young scholars of exceptional promise to pursue opportunities for graduate study.
It's the latest of many accolades Kennedy has earned, among them a Hodson Trust Scholarship, which Hopkins awards to fewer than 20 incoming freshmen each year.
Fellow Hodson Trust Scholar Salmah Y. Rizvi, a senior from Laurel, Md., was one of 65 students nationally to be named a 2007 Truman Scholar.
The prestigious award is given annually to extraordinary college juniors committed to careers in public service. Each scholar receives $30,000 for graduate study and also receives special leadership training, internship opportunities, and career and graduate school advising.
The award will allow Rizvi to pursue her plans to earn advanced degrees in law and public policy-with a concentration in Islamic legal studies-and then to translate and analyze intelligence information with the Department of Defense. She has spent several summers as an intern there, focusing on language analysis. Later, Rizvi hopes to pursue a public service career with the State Department working on foreign policy in the Middle East.
On campus, Rizvi is the co-founder and chair of VisionXchange, a service and international relief organization, and she has traveled extensively as a student ambassador in such countries as Uganda and Iceland.