Thomas J. Watson Fellowship
The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a $28,000, 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 Goldberg and Iramie Mercado. Adam used his grant to learn how Buddhism is “used as a vehicle for social change.” He traveled to Sri Lanka, India, Cambodia and Thailand. Iraimi explored YMCAs around the world to “discover each culture's particular method of supporting and empowering youth, and by extension, the community.” She conducted her Watson in Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Senegal, Peru and the United Kingdom.