The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


UHON Alumna Named Mellon Fellow

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation has named UTC University Honors Program alumna Rebekah Sterling (Class of 1999) as one of its 2004 Andrew W. Mellon Fellows in Humanistic Studies.

These prestigious awards, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, encourage college graduates of outstanding promise to pursue doctoral study in the humanities. Mellon Fellowships support the first year of study in a Ph.D. program at any U.S. or Canadian graduate school, covering tuition and fees and providing a stipend of $17,500.  While various local, regional, or statewide fellowships may contribute to Ph.D. study in the humanities, the Mellon Fellowships have for over two decades been the only consistently available national fellowship for humanities doctoral study. The Foundation's primary goal is to cultivate excellence in teaching and intellectual leadership.

Sterling, who graduated from UTC in 1999 with Highest Honors in Philosophy and as a University Honors Program Scholar, also holds a M.Phil. in Social Science Research from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. She will use the fellowship to pursue doctoral study in Political Theory at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The Foundation named 83 recipients of the fellowship this year, representing 55 colleges and universities in 26 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Israel.