Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a $25,000, one year grant for independent study and travel outside of the United States. This fellowship funds students of "unusual promise" who have an insatiable yearning to explore a topic that is personally significant to them. Watson project ideas should come from a longstanding personal passion - something that you have always wanted to explore and will pursue, no matter the obstacles you will encounter. This year, two Wheaton students won the Watson Fellowship—Adam Golberg and Iramie Mercado. Adam will use his grant to learn how Buddhism is “used as a vehicle for social change.” He will travel to Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia and Thailand. Iraimi will explore the YMCAs around the world to “discover each culture's particular method of supporting and empowering youth, and by extension, the community.” She will conduct her research in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Senegal and the United Kingdom.