Spotlight on Honors Fellowships
The William & Mary Honors Fellowships provide a new way to support the intellectual community at the College through direct contributions to individual undergraduate research projects.
Nearly two dozen rising seniors at William & Mary are spending the summer conducting fully funded intensive research as part of the College’s Honors Fellowships program. Since its start in 2009, the program has experienced rapid growth in private support allowing the number of student participants to nearly double this year.
The 22 student projects to receive full funding of $6,000 for their undergraduate summer research this year is an increase of 83 percent over the 12 who were awarded funding in 2010 and 2009. The total number of gifts to the program from William & Mary friends and alumni increased 150 percent during the three-year period, from 61 in 2009 to 153 in 2011.
A generous gift from Ted Dintersmith ’74 provides funding for five of the fellows each year. All fellows receive funding for 10 weeks of research and project-related expenses as well as a stipend for their faculty adviser.
Fundraising for the Honors Fellowships is conducted primarily through the Web between March and May. The total amount of money raised through the web site grew 280 percent between 2009 and 2011.
Every year since its start in 2009 numerous Monroe Scholars have applied for an Honors Fellowship and each year we have had Monroe Honors Fellows.
Visit the Honors Fellowships site to learn more about William & Mary Honors Fellowships and meet the 2011 Fellows including Monroe Scholars Leksa Pravdic, Madeline Chessman, Brianna Frentzko and others!
Honors Fellowships Expand Funding for Undergraduate Research (2011 William & Mary News feature)
Inaugural class of Dintersmith Fellows (W&M News Covers the Inaugural Class of Fellows)