Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

January 31, 2003

Whitworth Senior a Finalist for Scholarship to Cambridge

Whitworth senior Kelsey Rice was recently selected as a finalist for the prestigious Davies-Jackson Scholarship, which provides two years of graduate-level study at St. John's College at Cambridge University, England.

Rice, a resident of Dryden, Wash., has a 4.0 grade point average and is a history and English double major at Whitworth. She is one of five students nationwide who were chosen as Davies-Jackson Scholarship finalists. The other 2003 scholarship finalists are from Calvin College, Mich; Loyola University, Ill.; St. Mary's College, Maryland; and Saint Peter's College, N.J.

Rice learned of her selection in January while on a Whitworth study tour in Germany.

"It was quite a shock; I couldn't sleep half of that night because I was so excited," she says. "I am very honored that the selection committee would consider me a strong candidate for such a rigorous program of study."

If the selection committee chooses to further evaluate Rice as a finalist, she will be asked to provide a sample of her academic work and will be invited for a personal interview. The winner will be announced in March.

To be eligible for the scholarship, students must have an exceptional academic record at an American liberal arts college or university and be among the first in their families to graduate from college. Rice's strong academic background and exceptional work ethic helped her advance from among nearly 70 applicants, says Corliss Slack, professor of history and politics at Whitworth.

"Kelsey's writing is wonderful: it's mature, well researched, and engaging," Slack says. "She is as articulate verbally as she is on paper and she always has something enlightening to say in class discussion."

The Davies-Jackson Scholarship Program, overseen by the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education, enables students to earn a Cambridge bachelor's degree after two years of study, which is equivalent to a master's degree in the United States.

An anonymous donor established the scholarship in 1990, in honor of two Cambridge University faculty members who mentored the donor while he was a student at St. John's College. Since its creation, eight undergraduates have been selected for the award.

The scholarship covers tuition and room and board for two years, as well as travel expenses to and from England; the total value of the scholarship is estimated to be $50,000. The winner will select an area of study from several academic subjects in the humanities and social sciences, including economics. If selected to receive the scholarship, Rice plans to study history at Cambridge.

After graduating from Whitworth, Rice will explore her career options before studying at the graduate level, whether at Cambridge or another institution. Once she completes graduate school, Rice plans to pursue a career working in public policy or for a non-profit organization, particularly one that focuses on women's issues, or conducting research and teaching at the university level.


Corliss Slack, professor of history and politics, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4366 or cslack@whitworth.edu.

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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