Rollins Senior Awarded Council of Independent Colleges Graduate Fellowship

April 10, 2009

Robert HoffmanThe Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) announced that Rollins College senior Robert Hoffman, a philosophy and English double-major, has been awarded a 2009 American Graduate Fellowship. Hoffman is a Cornell Scholar, the most prestigious scholarship available at Rollins. He is graduating with honors in May. As a fellow, Hoffman will receive an award of $50,000 for a year of graduate study. This fall, he will enter a doctoral program in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania.

The American Graduate Fellowships (AGF) program is a CIC initiative designed to promote and support doctoral study in the humanities by talented graduates of small and mid-sized private liberal arts colleges. Two fellowships, worth up to $50,000 each and renewable for a second year, are awarded annually to support doctoral study at 23 top-tier independent research universities in the United States, Great Britain and Ireland. Universities include Columbia University, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Cambridge and Trinity College Dublin. Eligible fields of study are history, philosophy, literature and languages, and fine arts.

“Rob is one of the most intellectually intense students I have worked with,” said Jay Shivamoggi, director of external and competitive scholarships at Rollins. “What sets him apart is his genuineness, and his commitment to make a positive impact on the campus. He is an exemplary scholar, a confident athlete, a great leader, but above all, an amazing person.”

AGF began in 2006 as a program intended to support and encourage the advanced study of promising graduates of small colleges, and to demonstrate to top graduate programs that small colleges are fertile institutions for attracting stellar doctoral students in the humanities. In 2008, AGF drew applicants from 41 different liberal arts colleges from across the country. In 2007, students from 53 institutions applied for the fellowships. AGF allows each institution to nominate up to two students.

The American Graduate Fellowships are funded by a generous grant from the Wichita Falls Area Community Foundation, Wichita Falls, Texas.

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