Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 10, 2000

Whitworth Senior Awarded Prestigious Mellon Fellowship

Matt Lockard, a senior at Whitworth College, recently joined the ranks of a select group of students from the likes of Princeton, Yale and Harvard Universities when he was named a recipient of the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies 2000. The fellowship is a one-year portable award that provides a $14,750 stipend plus tuition and fees for recipients enrolled full time in highly ranked Ph.D. programs.

The Mellon Fellowships, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are awarded annually to exceptionally promising students who are committed to teaching and scholarly careers in humanistic studies. Eligible fields include cultural anthropology, history, philosophy and religion. The competition is open to college seniors or graduates from the last five years who have not begun graduate study. Of the 265 semifinalists selected from colleges and universities nationwide, Lockard was one of 96 winners. He and Jesse Locker, a senior at the University of Washington, are the only two Washington state recipients of the award.

Lockard, a 3.9 math and philosophy major from Yucaipa, Calif., will attend UCLA this fall where he will pursue a Ph.D. in philosophy.

"UCLA is particularly strong in philosophy of math and logic, as well as the history of 20th century analytic philosophy, which are topics I am very interested in and plan to study further," Lockard says.

In addition to winning a Mellon Fellowship, Lockard was one of five students nationwide who received a $26,000 graduate fellowship from the Pew Younger Scholars Program. The fellowship, awarded in January, must be matched with a significant financial aid contribution by the university where the student pursues a Ph.D. In nearly all cases, the matching aid is a complete tuition waiver for the five-year period of the fellowship, plus assistantship stipends in the third and fourth years of study. UCLA has offered Lockard full tuition for up to seven years.

Lockard plans to use the Mellon Fellowship to cover living expenses for him and his wife, Joy (Hunzeker, '00), during his first year at UCLA, which will allow him to postpone undertaking a teaching assistantship. Although teaching assistantships give students the opportunity to gain experience in teaching, grading and leading discussion sections, they tend to be time consuming and can detract from a graduate student's focus on research and class work, Lockard says.

"Since, to my knowledge, I'll be able to use the Pew Fellowship funds in the years following my first year of study at UCLA, I'll have three years during my graduate education when I can focus solely on research and course work," Lockard says. "That should really help me get through the program in a timely fashion."

Once he completes his studies at UCLA, Lockard plans to teach at a college or university and conduct research in philosophy.

Contacts:

Matt Lockard, Whitworth College, (509) 465-8314.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729.

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