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Reed College classics major awarded Beinecke Scholarship

PORTLAND, OR (April 18, 2005) - Reed College junior Rachel Preminger was recently awarded an Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke Memorial Scholarship worth $32,000 in support of graduate study.

The Beinecke Scholarship is intended for support during graduate study at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $2,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school, and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school. Since 1976, ten Reed students have won Beinecke scholarships.

Rachel Preminger, whose interests include training horses professionally, discovered a passion for the classics when she learned Latin in high school. She notes that Humanties 110, Reed's required curriculum course for freshman, "got me even more engaged and excited about ancient literature and history. Every class I've taken since with the members of the wonderful classics department here at Reed has contributed to my conviction that I wanted to be in classics."

Recently, Rachel has been studying Ovid, attempting to grasp his subtle and biting humor. "It has been more rewarding than I would ever have imagined; there's just something special about being in on jokes that are almost two millenia old."

The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them, and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study.

Rachel, a native of Boise, Idaho, admits her dream job is to teach at Reed College. Certainly, her enthusiasm for the classics department at Reed knows no bounds.   "I really feel like classics gives me a chance to do it all." In light of her recent scholarship, she extends her gratitude to her classics professors, Wally Englert, Ellen Millender, Nigel Nicholson, and Alex Nice.   "They have been the inspiration for my continuing study in classics."

The Beinecke Scholarship Program
The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the board of directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke, all former leaders of the company. The board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise.

The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 355 college juniors from 96 different schools for support during graduate study at any accredited university. Each scholar receives $2,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.  There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships, and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduated study as soon as possible following graduation from college, and must utilize all of the funding within five years of completion of undergraduate studies.

Historically, the Beinecke selection committee favored students planning to attend graduate school in the traditional liberal arts disciplines, but also made awards to students planning to attend graduate school in mathematics and the natural sciences. In 1998, the board of The Sperry Fund decided to limit eligibility for the award to students planning to attend graduate school in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

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Reed College
Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes Scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915). For more information, visit web.reed.edu.