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Reed College alumna Erin S. Conroy '95, of Anacortes, Washington, and graduating senior Kerry R. McCarthy, of Portland, Oregon, were recently awarded Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The 95 winners, selected from nearly 800 applicants, plan to pursue advanced study in such fields as art history, anthropology, classics, comparative literature, English, history, and philosophy. These prestigious awards provide the fellows financial support for the first year of graduate study at any U.S. or Canadian graduate school with a stipend of $13,750, plus tuition and mandated fees.

Erin S. Conroy plans to attend Duke University and study modern European intellectual history. While at Reed, Conroy wrote her thesis on Le Sens du Gang: Youth, Generationalism, and the Epuipe in Robert Brasillach's Writings: French Intellectuals and Facist Political Engagement, 1919-1945.

Kerry R. McCarthy plans to attend Stanford University and pursue a Ph.D. in musicology. McCarthy recently completed her thesis examining the music of English Catholics after the Reformation during the late 16th and early 17th centuries.

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, in Princeton, New Jersey, designs and operates a variety of programs to encourage excellence in American education. The foundation's most prominent concerns are offering fellowships for graduate study, improving the status and representation of minority groups and women at all levels of education, fostering the professional development of teachers, and encouraging greater cooperation between the academy and other sectors of society.