Fellowships Program Awards and Recognition



In 2019-2020 more than 85 individuals applied for competitive national and international awards. Sixty-five are current undergraduates and 20 are recent alumnae. (In addition, 25 individuals applied for Fulbright Fellowships News.) Each applicant worked with advisers here on campus – faculty and staff, their academic departments and co-curricular centers – as well as off campus. Many more supported applicants with mentorship and letters of recommendation. Students and alumnae who were nominated or endorsed by Smith College worked closely with advisers based in the Lazarus Center. Fellowship applications are a community effort and gratitude is expressed to all who offer their support to the applicants!

Thirty-one Smithies were recognized in the competitions they entered with an award (fourteen), honorable mention (seven), alternate status (four), or a finalist interview (six).

Highlights of this year’s fellowship awards and recognition include:

  • Boren Scholarship – Cody Bloomfield, ’21, a government major, received an award for a summer program in the Ukraine.
  • Goldwater Scholars – Dayln Gillentine, ’21, a mathematics and philosophy double major, and Marva Tariq, ’21, a chemistry major, were selected as 2020 Goldwater Scholars. Smith College nominated the two new scholars plus Caterina Baffa, ’21, a chemistry major, and Quincy Webb, ’21, a physics major, after an internal competition.
  • Marshall Scholarship Program – Smith College endorsed three applicants for the Marshall: Nicole Bearden, AC, ’19, You Jeen Ha, ’20, and Arielle D’Souza, ’20 who was interviewed as a Marshall finalist.
  • Newman Civic Fellowship – Ada Comstock Scholar Katie McGarry, ’21, was selected as a 2020 fellow.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program – Graduating senior Eve Xu, a chemistry and physics double major, was awarded a fellowship and her fellow senior, Mackenzie Litz, a biological sciences and physics double major was recognized with an honorable mention. Both new graduates will begin doctoral programs in fall 2020, Eve at Princeton and Mackenzie at MIT. In addition, seven recent Smith graduates received NSF GRF awards: Natalie Kolber, ’17 (will attend Stanford in fall 2020); Taleen Dilanyan, ’16 (Caltech); Peyton Higgins, ’18 (Wisconsin); Nicki Magill, ’18 Math Post Bac (Cornell); Taryn Mueller, ’18 (Minnesota); Marguerite Pacheco, ’19 (Cornell); Kalani Williams, ’18 (Fordham).
  • Truman Scholarship – Ada Comstock Scholar Katie McGarry, ’21, was selected as Smith College’s first Truman Scholar in 18 years. She was nominated by the College for the award along with fellow juniors Natalie Baillargeon, Cordelia Bellinson, and Erin Oppel. Katie talks about what motivated her to apply and what she got out of the application process.
  • Udall Scholarship Program – Environmental science and policy majors Natalie Baillargeon, ’21 and Storm Lewis, ’21 were recognized as honorable mentions in the environmental category.

Additional recognition of the quality of Smith College fellowship applicants:

  • Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Gaither Junior Fellows Program – Two Smith seniors were interviewed as finalists.
  • Critical Language Scholarships – Cindy Nguyen, ’20, an engineering major, was a finalist for CLS’s Japanese summer program. Four other Smith students were recognized as alternates. The suspension of the program in summer 2020 regrettably means that finalist and alternate status will not translate directly into awards this year.
  • Rangel Fellowship – Ada Comstock Scholar Fatou Sidibe, ’20J, was interviewed as a finalist.
  • Schwarzman Scholarship – Leigh Johnston, ’18, was interviewed in Bangkok as a finalist.