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~Wellesley College Senior Receives Gates Cambridge Scholarship~

For immediate release:
April 10, 2002

Arlie Corday,
781-283-3321 or 2373

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley College senior Jennifer M. Piscopo of North Falmouth, Mass., has been awarded a 2002-2003 Gates Cambridge Scholarship through which she will attend the University of Cambridge in England.

The Gates Foundation provides full scholarships for graduate work at the University of Cambridge. Between 40 and 50 awards were granted this year to students from the United States. The Gates Cambridge Trust, in its second year, is designed to be comparable to the Rhodes Scholarship Program at Oxford. The scholarship will cover university and college fees, one round-trip airfare and a living stipend of $10,000. Students are also reimbursed for up to $2,000 for research expenses.

"I will pursue a master's of philosophy in Latin American Studies at Cambridge's Centre of Latin American Studies," said Piscopo, a Latin American Studies major with a minor in observational astronomy at Wellesley. "My research at Wellesley has emphasized women and politics in Latin America and gender in Latin American society. My thesis research this year is a case study on democracy, politics and gender in Costa Rica."

The daughter of Ben and Lorraine Piscopo of North Falmouth, she has studied abroad at the University of Costa Rica, has received junior Phi Beta Kappa honors and was named a Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist. She has received honorary membership in the New England Council of Latin American Studies for the calendar year 2002; the Katharine Malone Sophomore Student Prize; the Mary C.F. Gross Prize for Academic Excellence; and First Year Distinction.

She has served on the Student Admissions Representative Council, as an Astronomy Department tutor, as a resident advisor and house council member. She also has been the co-chair of the Wellesley College Girls' Day Committee, an event in which underprivileged girls from Boston communities visited Wellesley to learn about the benefits of pursuing higher education.

After receiving her master's degree, she intends to apply to Ph.D. programs in political science in the United States and to pursue an academic career.

Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in liberal arts and the education of women for 125 years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students.


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