Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a $30,000, 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. You must also be able to show how you have actively demonstrated this interest over the years.This year, the Thomas J. Watson Foundation selected Bioinformatics and Business Management major, Javon Mullings to explore youth robotics programs in Cambodia, India, Ireland, South Africa and Japan.
Javon will be following on the heels of last year's recipients, Nana Asare and Lindsay Koso. Nana explored how communities around the world exhibit the Ubuntu philosophy of “I am, because we are,” addressing the public health needs of people as a whole instead of as individuals. An anthropology major, Nana traveled to Peru, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Nepal and Thailand during his Watson year. A double major in art history and Latin from Lexington, Mass., Lindsay traveled to Spain, Japan, Turkey and India to explore sacred objects.Learn more: Thomas J. Watson Fellowship Contact Wheaton's TJW Liaison Lisa Gavigan.