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Four Bowdoin Students Named Mellon Minority Fellows

Story posted May 15, 1999


May 11, 1999, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Four Bowdoin sophomores have been named Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellows.

Marka Belinfanti, majoring in English and Africana Studies; NeEddra James, majoring in religion; Eliot Pope, majoring in government and art history; and Antonio Guerrero, majoring in visual arts and French with a minor in art history, will all receive stipends to support research projects within their majors.

Bowdoin is one of only 22 colleges and universities selected to participate in the program, which is funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation. Mellon Fellows receive two years of undergraduate stipend support and are eligible for up to $10,000 in undergraduate loan repayment if they go on to graduate school in Mellon-designated fields, such as American and English literature, foreign languages, history, geology and earth sciences.

The program is designed to encourage African-American, Native-American and Latino/Latina students to pursue doctoral degrees and careers in teaching and research to increase diversity in higher education.

Now in its sixth year, Bowdoin's Mellon Program is continually expanding and developing. The heart of the program is the fellow's working relationship with a faculty mentor who serves as an intellectual guide, advisor, and colleague throughout the junior and senior years.

The students were selected based on their academic record, a faculty recommendation and an essay.

They join Hajmil Carr '00, Carlo Rabaza '00, Shareene Lindquist '00; and Kevin Wolfe '99, who will continue as Mellon fellows after being selected last year.

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