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William Jewell student is finalist in American Graduate Fellowships competition
Contact: Rob Eisele816-415-7574
February 8, 2007

Eryn Bates, a senior Oxbridge music major at William Jewell College in Liberty, Mo., has been selected as a finalist in the Council of Independent Colleges’ American Graduate Fellowships competition. Bates is a resident of O’Fallon, Ill.

This new initiative is designed to promote and support doctoral study in the humanities by accomplished graduates of small and mid-sized private liberal arts colleges. The fellowships will be available to students from eligible institutions who enroll in doctoral programs at any of 23 leading independent research universities in the United States, Great Britain and Ireland. Eligible fields of study include history, philosophy, literature and languages, and fine arts. The award is funded by the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation.

“In October 2006, the Council of Independent Colleges received a large number of fellowship applications from a very strong field of candidates,” said Richard Ekman, President of the Council of Independent Colleges.

The applications were reviewed by senior members of the CIC staff and then by a panel of distinguished humanities scholars representing such institutions as Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University and the University of Chicago. From this national field of candidates, the panel recommended a pool of 12 finalists and two designated American Graduate Fellows. The two designated fellows qualify for an annual renewable award of up to $50,000.

Bates was one of the 12 finalists that included students from such institutions as Vassar College, the University of Richmond and Claremont McKenna College.

“The panelists considered Ms. Bates and the other finalists to be outstanding young scholars with especially promising futures in graduate school and beyond,” Ekman said.

“Eryn is the most energetic and talented musician that I’ve had the pleasure of teaching in my twenty-plus years at Jewell,” said Dr. Ron Witzke, professor of voice at William Jewell. “She exceeds every expectation. Because of her congenial spirit, she will find success in her future musical endeavors, whether they be graduate school or performance venues—or both.”

Founded in Liberty, Mo., in 1849, William Jewell College has earned a solid reputation among the Midwest’s most consistently honored and academically challenging private colleges. With its rigorous academic culture and focus on student achievement, the college offers students an outstanding education grounded in the liberal arts with a unique focus on cultivating leadership, intellectual and spiritual growth.

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