Overland Park, KS Resident Awarded Prestigious Watson Fellowship

Teresa S. Park of Overland Park, KS, has been awarded the prestigious Watson Fellowship from the Thomas J. Watson Foundation.

A graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School, Teresa is a senior majoring in government at Claremont McKenna College. She is the daughter of Jeeyeon and Young Cho of Overland Park.

This year, 60 fellowships were awarded to college seniors who will pursue independent research projects while traveling outside the United States for one year after graduation. Each fellow will receive $22,000 for travel and study. Teresa will travel to Nepal to assess how three minority groups, the Sherpas, the Gurungs, and the Tharus, are adapting to the political and social changes occurring in their homeland.

"We look for bright, creative, independently minded individuals who have the personality and drive to become leaders," said Tori Haring-Smith, executive director of the Watson Foundation and a former Watson Fellow.

The children of Thomas J. Watson, Sr., the founder of IBM Corporation, and his wife Jeannette K. Watson, established the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Program in 1968 to honor their parents' long standing interest in education and world affairs. Past Watson Fellows have gone on to become college presidents, professors, CEOs of major corporations, politicians, artists, lawyers, diplomats, doctors, and researchers.

Claremont McKenna College is a highly selective independent liberal arts college educating leaders in business and public affairs. CMC enrolls 1,000 students and is a member of The Claremont Colleges.