Rebecca Genauer '08 Awarded Beinecke Scholarship

Story posted May 10, 2007

Rebecca Genauer '08 has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship worth $32,000 in support of her graduate education. The Beinecke Scholarship Program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and "to be courageous in the selection of a graduated course of study."

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Rebecca Genauer '08

Genauer, who is pursuing a self-designed major combining film studies and anthropology, says she has not yet begun to apply to graduate schools, but has narrowed the focus as to what she'd like to study. "My plan is to pursue film studies," says Genauer. "Preferably at a university with an archive, as I'm particularly interested in silent films, which are not always available otherwise."

Genauer is studying abroad in Sweden this semester. She says she was delighted to learn she had received the Beinecke Scholarship and is extremely grateful to her professors, Tricia Welsch, Susan Kaplan and Kathleen O'Connor, and to Anne Shields, director of fellowships and scholarships. "I feel very honored to have been awarded the scholarship and am also relieved to know that it will pay for such a significant portion of graduate studies."

Since 1975 the program has selected more than 370 college juniors from 97 schools for support during graduate study in the arts, humanities and social sciences at any accredited university.

William Sperry Beinecke served The Sperry and Hutchinson Company from 1952 as general counsel, vice-president, president and, from 1966 until his retirement in 1980, as chairman and chief executive officer. Early in his term as president, he guided the creation of the foundation that is now The Sperry Fund. During his years with the company, he was an ardent advocate for business support of charitable and educational institutions. Responding to his initiative in 1971, the Sperry and Hutchinson board established the scholarship program in memory of his father and two uncles who had led the company before him.

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