CMC students fill ranks of prestigious scholarships

List of scholarships

Among the many traditions at CMC is its enviable track record in the number of students who win scholarships and fellowships among a nationwide (sometimes worldwide) field of highly competitive applicants. And this year is no different with CMCers finishing in the top rank of some of the most prestigious academic awards programs in the U.S. To date, 21 students from CMC have received grant awards this year from some of the world’s leading academic institutions.

Following is a list of CMC students who (as of April 1st) have received scholarships and fellowships.

Boren Scholarship

The Boren Scholarship is a highly competitive scholarship (171 awards were offered out of 750 applicants), awarding up to $20,000 to undergraduates.

The Scholarship grants allow U.S. undergraduate students to study abroad in areas of the world that are critical to U.S. national security yet underrepresented by study abroad, including Africa, Asia, Central and Eastern Europe, Eurasia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Boren Scholars represent a variety of academic backgrounds, but all are interested in studying less commonly taught languages, including but not limited to Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian and Swahili.

The Scholarships are funded by the National Security Education Program (NSEP).


  • Jessa Dury-Agri ’17
  • Joshua Rooney ’17
  • Aaron Yang ’17


Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs develops the next generation of aspiring change makers. Coro Fellows are diverse, talented individuals committed to positive change in their communities throughout their lives and careers. They are emerging innovators in business, policy and government who demonstrate exceptional leadership through their accomplishments, curiosity and civic involvement.  12 competitively selected Coro Fellows participate in the nine-month program, with each cohort encompassing a wide range of communities, interests, ideologies and experiences.


  • Nadeem Farooqi ’15


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. With the goal of broadening the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and building relationships between the people of the U.S. and other countries, CLS provides study opportunities to a diverse range of students from across the nation at every level of language learning. The CLS Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.


  • Umar (Syed) Farooq ’17
  • Aly Minamide ’15


Fulbright Scholarship

The Fulbright Scholarship Program awards merit-based grants for international educational exchange for students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists and artists. The Fulbright Program provides 8,000 grants annually to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university lecturing and classroom teaching.

Under the Program, competitively selected U.S. citizens may become eligible for scholarships to study, conduct research, or utilize their talents abroad; and citizens of other countries may qualify to do the same in the U.S.

The Fulbright Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, operating in more than 155 countries. Fifty-three Fulbright alumni have won Nobel Prizes and 78 have won Pulitzer Prizes.


  • Sara Birkenthal ’13
  • Adele Eslinger ’14
  • Reid Furubayashi ’15
  • Karina Hwang ’15
  • Juetzinia Kazmer ’15
  • Kayla Nonn ’15
  • Allie Ruark ’15
  • Isayas Theodros ’10


George J. Mitchell Scholarship

The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Program is a national, competitive scholarship sponsored by the US-Ireland Alliance. It is named to honor former U.S. Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process and is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership and a commitment to community and public service.

Up to 12 Mitchell Scholars between the ages of 18 and 30 are chosen annually for one academic year of postgraduate study in any discipline offered by institutions of higher learning in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Applicants are judged on scholarship, leadership and a sustained commitment to community and public service.


  • Gavin Landgraf ’14


Luce Scholarship

The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year.

Luce Scholars have backgrounds in virtually every field other than Asian studies, including but not limited to the arts, journalism, law, medicine, science, public health, environmental studies, and international relations.

Successful candidates have a record of high achievement, outstanding leadership ability and clearly defined interests with evidence of potential for professional accomplishments. Luce Scholars gain new perspectives and cultural insights on their host countries through immersive living and working experiences in Asia.


  • Laura Shunk ’07
  • Lanier Zimmer ’09


Napier Fellow

Each of the Claremont Colleges may nominate annually in the fall up to three seniors to be Napier Fellows. These are students who have proven ability to exhibit leadership vis-a-vis social change and who are propose a project they would like to carry out after graduation. All those nominated gather at Pilgrim Place several times and are invited to find a mentor there for the coming year.


  • Jake Shimkus ’15


Princeton in Africa

Founded in 1999, Princeton in Africa develops young leaders committed to Africa’s advancement by offering yearlong fellowship opportunities with a variety of organizations that work across the African continent. Since the organization’s launch in 1999, Princeton in Africa has placed nearly 400 Fellows in 35 countries.

Princeton in Africa matches talented and passionate college students, including graduating seniors and young alumni from any accredited college or university in the U.S., with organization partners at work across Africa. Fellows have helped improve education and public health, source fresh water and alternative energy, increase family incomes and much more.


  • Michael Elhardt ’15
  • Tyler McBrien ’14


Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a highly competitive and prestigious federal scholarship granted to U.S. college juniors for demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to public service. The scholarship, in the amount of $30,000, goes toward financing a graduate education. Congress created the scholarship in 1975 as a living memorial to the 33rd president of the United States. Since its creation in 1975, the Foundation has supported almost 3,000 Truman Scholars who are making a difference in all corners of the nation and around the globe.


  • Zachariah Oquenda ’16



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