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Scholarships at Marlboro 2017-18

Awardees of scholarships this academic year mark achievements in dance, writing, and philosophy, among other things.

Each year, named scholarships funded by generous donors recognize the unique gifts that students bring to the Marlboro College community. These students are often leaders among their peers, and set a high bar for academic excellence in this learning community. The profiles of four of these outstanding students below are followed by a complete list of scholarship recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.

“I was ecstatic and surprised to be recognized for my hard work after being absent from academia for 10 years,” said Ricarrdo Valentine (pictured right), who received the George Alden Trust Scholarship. An accomplished dancer and choreographer from Brooklyn, New York, Ricarrdo is now a sophomore in the World Studies Program with a concentration in dance and photography. “What makes me passionate about these subjects is continuing to do what I love and going abroad to have more cross-cultural connections in my field of studies. Marlboro College is very different in a radical way from other colleges, because classes are smaller and there is an independence to shaping your own educational path. My work here has given me the time and space to not be distracted by the city life, and really focus on what I would like to achieve in the future.”

“Marlboro is unique in the ways in which it allows students to explore what matters to them, to be innovative in their work,” said senior Autumn Merrill Mackin, of Marlboro, Vermont, who was awarded the M. Brenn Green Scholarship this year. “The academic freedom at Marlboro has allowed me to push myself, to work on meaningful things in meaningful ways.” Autumn is graduating this year with a Plan in writing and literature, focusing on creative non-fiction that is heavily influenced by existentialism and phenomenology. “I am fascinated by the connection between literature and philosophy and the ways in which they inform each other, cultivate each other. Writing is my outlet to explore both worlds, to share a meaningful narrative, and to express the pain and beauty in the human experience.” Autumn added, “Regardless of your field, you will leave Marlboro College a better writer than when you arrived.”

“My goal as a student is to learn more about the world so I can better situate myself within it,” said senior Chris Lamb, of Concord, New Hampshire, who has been studying philosophy, environmental studies, and literature. He was motivated by receiving the Warren R. Sisson Scholarship for ‘academic achievement and community service,’ as it signifies that he is remaining true to his goals as a student and community member. “The award inspired me to continue on the rigorous academic path offered here at the college and to find more ways to engage in the community.” Chris chose literature and philosophy as the lenses through which to examine environmental concerns. “The structure and size of Marlboro allow me to work closely with my professors. I know them on a personal, as well as professional academic level, which makes my experience here more meaningful and honest than I believe I would have at another institution.”

“It’s an honor to receive this scholarship for doing my best even when things get hard,” said senior Karissa Wolivar, of Alexandria, New Hampshire, who was awarded the Jean Crosby Markham Scholarship. Karissa is studying dance and anthropology, and spent the spring in Costa Rica researching Latin social dance. “I’m interested in the ways we consent in and out of the dancing body when participating in this form of dance,” she said. “Dancing has always been my passion and I have received a special opportunity at Marlboro to focus on the aspects of dance that inspire me most.” Karissa approaches dance as a way to communicate with others and understand the world. “Being able to do my own research and study abroad has been a blessing. I get to go places that inspire me and allow me to think with my body. I have done things I never imagined a college education could provide.”

The George I. Alden Trust supports two scholarships given annually, one to an older student who has returned to school and the other to a student who shows promise of excellence in the natural sciences. Ricarrdo Valentine ’20 (older student), Margaret Hilliard ’18 (natural sciences)

Christopher Boeth Scholarships are given to juniors or seniors whose Plans of Concentration are in the field of literature or writing, and who have demonstrated a gift for and an appreciation of the usage of language. Samuel Amber ’18, Roan Lee-Plunket ’18, Hannah McGowan ’18, Tristan Rolfe ’18, Avellana Ross ’19, Noah Strauss-Jenkins ’18

Lucy DeLaurentis Scholarship is awarded to a student who has overcome personal challenges to persist in studies at Marlboro College. The scholarship is a memorial to Lucy, a 2010 graduate, who, despite working through hospitalizations to complete her Plan, was a presence and force on the Marlboro campus and considered her time here the best years of her adult life. Ian Bates ’19

Lillian Farber Scholarships are given to juniors or seniors whose Plans of Concentration demonstrate a passion for social justice. Fiona Craig ’18, Jennifer Hunt ’18, Caitlin Mazzarella ’18, Benjamin Rybisky ’18

The John Kenneth Galbraith Scholarship is awarded annually to a student who shows the promise of excellence in the fields of literature, economics, or social policy. Spencer Knickerbocker ’19

M. Brenn Greene Scholarships are awarded through the generosity of the late trustee, Brenn Greene. Jadian Bryan ’19, Kenneth Callahan ’20, Ren Cook ’18, Matteo Lanzarotta ’18, Autumn Merrill Mackin ’18, Hailey Mount ’20

The Wolf Kahn Scholarship is awarded annually to juniors or seniors who demonstrate talent in the visual arts. Ren Cook ’18

The Agnes M. Lindsay Trust Scholarship is given annually to students from New England towns with populations of under 15,000. Hannah Chase ’19, Henry Robinson ’19

The Jean Crosby Markham Scholarship is given to a junior or senior who best exemplifies the grit and determination needed to complete his or her education. Karissa Wolivar ’18

The Warren R. Sisson Scholarship is awarded annually to an upper-class student for academic achievement and community service. Christopher Lamb ’18

The Robert Sheldon Stainton Scholarship is awarded annually to an upper-class student for academic achievement and community service. Charlotte Nicholson ’18

Thomas Thompson Trust Scholarships are awarded to full-time students for academic achievement who are Windham County residents. Erelyn Griffin ’20, Samuel Harrison ’20

The Hiro Watanabe Scholarship is awarded to a junior or senior whose Plan of Concentration demonstrates a passion for the visual arts. Jadian Bryan ’19

The Windham Community Scholarships are awarded annually to freshmen or sophomores from Vermont who in the opinion of the faculty demonstrate exceptional potential for upper-level academic work. Two or more scholarships are awarded. Sage Kampitsis ’19, Nathaniel Van Osdol ’20



Roland W. Boyden Prize is given by the humanities faculty to a student who has demonstrated excellence in the humanities. Roland Boyden was a founding faculty member of the college, acting president, dean, and trustee. Christopher Lamb ’18, Andrew Domzal ’18, Benjamin Rejali ’18

The Dr. Loren C. Bronsen Award for Excellence in Classics, established by the family of Loren Bronsen, Class of 1973, to encourage undergraduate work in classics. Tristan Rolfe ’18

The Arthur D Butler Prize was established in 2008 in honor of Arthur D. Butler, professor of economics, provost of SUNY/Buffalo, and president of Housing Opportunities Made Equal. Butler grants provide support to juniors and seniors whose Plan of Concentration includes the study of poverty and social policy. Cait Mazzarella ’18

The Helen W. Clark Prize, awarded by the visual arts faculty for the best Plan of Concentration in the fine arts. Bo Brout ’18, Salvatore Annunziato ’18, Bella Ortiz-Wren ’18

The William Davisson Prize, created by the Town Meeting Select board and named in honor of Will Davisson, who served as a faculty member for 18 years and as a trustee for 22 years, is awarded to one or more students for extraordinary contributions to the Marlboro community. Eric Wefald ’20, Charlotte Nicholson ’18

The Robert E. Engel Award, established in 2011 in honor of Bob Engel, Marlboro faculty member for 36 years, is awarded to a student who demonstrates Bob’s passion for the natural world and his keen powers of observation and inquiry as a natural historian. Lydia Nuhfer ’19

The Freshman/Sophomore Essay Prize, given annually for the best essay written for a Marlboro course. Anna Morrisey ’20

The Jedediah Adam Leland Fels (JALF) Award, established in 2015 in memory of Jed (Adam) Fels, class of 1992, recognizes a second semester freshman or a sophomore who demonstrates a passion for the literary and/or dramatic arts and whose sense of humor and unique or even provocative community presence embodies the core values of the college. Phoenix Bienemann ’20

The Audrey Alley Gorton Award, given in memory of Audrey Gorton, Marlboro alumna and member of the faculty for 33 years, to the student who best reflects the Gorton qualities of: passion for reading, an independence of critical judgment, fastidious attention to matters of style, and a gift for intelligent conversation. Mercy Solbeck ’19

The Ryan Larsen Memorial Prize was established in 2006 in memory of Ryan Jeffrey Larsen, who felt transformed by the opportunities to learn and grow within the embrace of the Marlboro College community. It is awarded annually to a junior or senior who best reflects Ryan’s qualities of philosophical curiosity, creativity, compassion, and spiritual inquiry. Leni Charbonneau ’19

The Robert H. MacArthur Prize was established in 1973 in memory of Robert MacArthur, Class of 1951, and recently rededicated to Robert and also to John and to John and Robert’s parents, John and Olive MacArthur, who founded the science program at Marlboro College. The contest for the prize is in the form of a question or challenge offered to the entire student community. First place: Lydia Nuhfer ’19; tied for second place: Laura Wharton ’18, Della Dolcino ’20

The Ellen McCulloch-Lovell Prize was established in 2015 in honor of Ellen’s 11 years as president of Marlboro College. The prize commemorates Ellen’s passion for education and the arts, lived out through her professional career and published poetry. The prize recognizes accomplishment and potential in writing across genres including fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and creative non-fiction and encourages emerging writers to keep developing their craft. Sam Amber ’18

The Sally and Valerio Montanari Theater Prize is awarded annually to a graduating senior who has made the greatest overall contribution to the pursuit of excellence in theater production. Matteo Lanzarotta ’18

The President’s Award is given annually to one or more graduate students who exhibit exceptional work and consistent excellence, who produce work that is complex in nature and execution, has potential for significant impact, and exhibits personal growth and transformation. Christine Meehan MBA, Sarah Pidgeon MBA, Matthew Schaefer MATESOL

The Jo’an Noble Sterr Prize, for excellence in the study of, or practical effort to advance social or economic justice, is awarded to a junior or senior who has demonstrated a strong commitment to social and economic justice through their Plan of Concentration and/or civic engagement on the Marlboro campus or at the local, state, national, or international level. Fiona Craig ’18, Amelia Fanelli ’18

The Buck Turner Prize, awarded to a student who demonstrates excellence in the natural sciences, who uses interdisciplinary approaches, and who places his or her work in the context of larger questions. Margaret Hilliard ’18

The Hilly van Loon Prize, established by the Class of 2000 in honor of Hilly van Loon, Marlboro class of 1962 and staff member for 23 years, is given to the senior who best reflects Hilly’s wisdom, compassion, community involvement, quiet dedication to the spirit of Marlboro College, joy in writing, and celebration of life. Helen Pinch ’18

The Rebecca Willow Prize, established in 2008 in memory of Rebecca Willow, class of 1995, is awarded to a student whose presence brings personal integrity and kindness to the community and who unites an interest in human history and culture with a passion for the natural world. Lucy Hammond ’18, Ben Rybisky ’18

  • Ricarrdo Valentine was awarded the George Alden Trust Scholarship.


(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)