2012-2013 Fellows

Rachel Brooks '14

Rachel Brooks is a Public Policy major from Virginia Beach, Virginia. As a Sharpe Community Scholar her freshman year, Rachel enjoyed integrating her Democracy and Deliberation seminar with research and civic engagement.  She is now a junior and has continued her commitment to service and community involvement. In addition to working as this year’s Sharpe Fellows Coordinator, Rachel is involved in Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, helped start William & Mary’s chapter of Virginia21, serves as an undergraduate research assistant, and draws cartoons for The Flat Hat student newspaper. Her interests include community-based research, education policy, and sustainability efforts.

Alex Cooper '13

Alex Cooper hails from Easley, SC.  He is a senior and a government major who is also working on creating a second major in community studies of Eastern Europe.  Alex focuses his studies on the relationship between political institutions and social institutions; his regional focus is the former-Yugoslavia.  His other research interests include development, civil wars, LGBTIQ rights, popular education, and public health.  This past summer Alex traveled to the Czech Republic and Serbia to study Eastern European history and politics, as well as to conduct research on LGBT nongovernmental organizations in post-Communist societies.  On campus, Alex is involved in several things including ResLife, the Undergraduate Student Conduct Council, and The Flat Hat. Before this past year, Alex worked primarily in the field of social entrepreneurship having completed a summer fellowship in socent consulting and interning at a financial intermediary that consults for social entrepreneurs in Pakistan.  On most days, you’ll find Alex sipping on some coffee, discussing his obsession with pop culture, tweeting, laughing loudly, and enjoying life.

Meredith Dost '13

Meredith is a senior and a Public Policy and Hispanic Studies double major at the College, hailing from the suburbs of Chicago. She is thrilled to be a Sharpe Fellow for Opportunity Gaps in the US and to work with Drew Stelljes more, as she took his Sharpe seminar her freshman year. On campus, she is actively involved in leadership positions in W&M Students for Belize Education, a BOI annual service trip, and Reveille A Cappella. Meredith is in the process of completing an honors thesis on education policy and representative bureaucracy with a focus on Latino students. She spent her junior year off-campus, with the first semester abroad in Argentina and second semester in DC with the W&M in Washington Program. Meredith plans to work in Washington post-graduation in an education policy-related job and then pursue a PhD in this area.

Mary Grech '15

Hello! My name is Mary Grech and I am from Grosse Pointe, Michigan. I am majoring in Anthropology and History and hope to be a social studies teacher after graduation. While I was not in the Sharpe program as a freshman, I have been involved with the Office of Community Engagement through Lafayette Kids, a service organization that provides tutoring and mentoring services to a subsidized housing development, and through summer community engagement (I received a grant to teach English in Vietnam). On campus, I am also an RA in Yates and work for WM Catering. I am very excited to get involved with the Sharpe program and to get to know all the scholars through the Opportunity Gaps in the US seminar and engagement placements with Lafayette Kids!

Emily Mahoney '15

Emily Mahoney is a rising sophomore from Germantown, Maryland. She plans to major in Public Health and minor in Economics. As a freshman, Emily was a Sharpe Scholar in the ‘Living with the Environment’ seminar which sparked her interest in environmental issues, especially as they relate to health problems around the world. This past summer, Emily spent 8 weeks interning for Soluciones Comunitarias, a non-profit in Ecuador that works to empower local female entrepreneurs. On campus, Emily is a research assistant in the Kinesiology Department, a member of Medical Aid Nicaragua: Outreach Scholarship (M.A.N.O.S.), and a member of Reformed University Fellowship.

Alicia Moore '14

"Alicia is a Junior from Petersburg, Virginia creating a self designed major in Public Health. She has spent considerable time with the Sharpe Community Scholars Program and the Office of Community Engagement and Scholarship and is looking forward to another incredible year. Beginning with the 7 Generations Pre-Orientation Program, Alicia has continued her engagement as a Sharpe Community Scholar, Research Assistant for the Maggie Walker Project, and  Community Scholars House Liaison. Outside of Sharpe she is a Tour Guide for Undergraduate Admissions, member of Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity and the Publicity/Outreach Committee of Alma Mater Productions. She also serves as a Health Outreach Peer Educator, intern at the Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, and is the current Undersecretary for Community Engagement and Service in the Student Assembly. She enjoys long walks on the Sunken Garden and engaging in all things William & Mary. In the future, Alicia hopes to continue her engagement journey and studies in Public Health and is excited for the road ahead."

Hallie Nelson '13 

Hallie Nelson is a senior from Richmond, VA.  She is majoring in biology with a pre-med concentration and a Hispanic studies minor.  During her freshman year, she was a “Sharpie” in the Living with the Environment seminar as a part of the Sharpe Community Scholar’s program.  This year she is really excited to bring her college career full circle by being a Sharpe fellow.  When not volunteering, she is usually in Dr. Allison's molecular biology research lab working on her honor’s thesis.  In the fall of 2011, she had a once in a lifetime experience while studying abroad for five months in Argentina.  In her free time, she enjoys playing her cello in the William & Mary Symphony Orchestra and taking cello lessons.

Kiara Savage '13

Kiara Savage is a senior at the College studying linguistics and psychology. As a former Sharpe scholar, service-learning has been an instrumental part of her college experience and has shaped her career goals. She plans to continue onto graduate study in speech language pathology. As a speech pathologist she will work to increase awareness about autism spectrum disorder among the African American population in order to combat disparities in time of diagnosis and early intervention services received. At the College Kiara is involved with Branch Out Alternative Breaks, the W&M Chapter of the NAACP, the Miss Black & Gold Scholarship Pageant, and works as a Program Advocate for Residence Life.