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Recent Reed College graduate Grant Mainland ’99 has been awarded a Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies for 2000 by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. These prestigious awards, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, provide the fellows financial support for the first year of study in a Ph.D. program at any U.S. or Canadian graduate school. Mainland will receive a stipend of $14,500, plus tuition and mandated fees.

Mainland will be entering Harvard University in the fall to pursue a Ph. D. in Slavic languages. He plans to specialize in Russian modernist poetry, and would like, ultimately, to teach literature. His senior thesis at Reed was Dances of Death: Irony and Self-(de)formation in Lermontov and Blok. Mainland has spent the past year working in Portland as a financial reporter for an online financial publication.

The Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies is designed to help exceptionally promising students to prepare for careers of teaching and scholarship in humanistic studies by providing top-level, competitive, and portable awards, and to contribute thereby to the continuity of teaching and research of the highest order in America's colleges and universities.

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 focuses on 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. The foundation seeks to sponsor excellence in education and thus develop a new generation of leaders.

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