WELLESLEY, Mass. - The 2002 Katharine Malone Prizes for
Academic Excellence have been awarded to three Wellesley
students. The First Year Prize has been given to Ee Cheng
Ong of Penang, Malaysia; the Sophomore Prize went to Heather
Long of Mechanicsburg, Pa., and the Katherine Malone Scholar
is senior Katherine Shea of Atkinson, N.H.
The Malone Awards were established by alumna Claudine
Malone '63 in honor of her mother Katharine. According to
the Wellesley Alumnae Office, this year's winners were chosen
from an extremely gifted pool of candidates. The prizes
were established to praise and reward those Wellesley scholars
exemplifying the outstanding qualities of mind, body and
spirit. The First Year and Sophomore Prizes includes a cash
award of $7,500. The Katharine Malone Scholar includes an
award of $30,000 at graduation.
Ee Cheng Ong, the daughter of Nai Keh Ong and Saw Hwa
Ang of Penang, Malaysia, attended Convent Green Lane Secondary
School and Penang Free School in Malaysia before coming
to Wellesley College, where she has served as a student
admissions representative and as academics editor and photographer
for the college yearbook.
She is a member of Optik, the college's photographic society,
and has exhibited photographic works in the First Annual
Fall Exhibition and the Second Annual Exhibition and Silent
Auction. She also has been a member of the Wellesley Glee
Club, performing in the Parent/Family Weekend Concert, the
Fall Concert and other events.
In addition, she has volunteered as a tutor and mentor
for Somali refugee middle school students at the Robert
Gould Shaw Middle School in Roxbury, Mass. She uses creative
lesson plans with her students, including "poetry to broaden
their view of the world, enhance their imagination, and
develop their resourcefulness while improving their command
of English, and to strengthen their verbal and social skills
and provide moral support through a difficult period of
A research assistant in the Chinese Department, last summer
she participated in the Campaign to Save the Environment
in Pasadena, Calif., serving as an intern at a project of
the Fund for Public Interest Research, a national, non-profit,
grassroots organization. She also worked as a photography
instructor and counselor at Robin Hood Camp in Sargentville,
Maine. She is the recipient of the 2001 AT&T Asia-Pacific
Leadership and the 2001 American Universities Alumni of
Malaysia Excellence awards.
"I was stunned when I received the news," Ong said. "I'm
extremely humbled to be chosen as the recipient. I wish
to dedicate this award to my parents, for their incredible
love, care and sacrifice. I feel blessed to have such a
wonderful family, great friends, and fantastic professors.
And of course, I'm indebted to Miss Claudine Malone, and
am exceedingly grateful for her generosity."
Heather Long, a native of Mechanicsburg, Pa., is the daughter
of Charles Long of Wichita, Ks., and Carole Long of Champaign,
Ill. She is a graduate of Valley High School in Mechanicsburg.
At Wellesley, she has been a sabre fencer on the varsity
fencing team and has fenced at the 2002 NCAA Regionals and
Junior Olympics. Elected student bursar on College Government
Cabinet, which entails distributing and accounting for $500,000
in Student Activity Fee money to 150 student organizations,
she also serves on the Budget Advisory Committee to the
President and the Board of Trustees' Finance Committee.
A member of Wellesley's Protestant Christian Chaplaincy
Advisory Board, she has revamped and edited a campus journal,
Wellesley Wragtime, and volunteers weekly at a women's
prison in Framingham, Mass., to help the women produce a
newspaper called "Behind the Wall" and an annual poetry
magazine. She has participated in Habitat for Humanity and
has tutored mathematics at a local middle school. She also
has helped write and choreograph an original musical about
mothers and daughters.
"The Malone prize was icing on the cake for an exceptional
college experience thus far," Long said. "Since I entered
college, I made it a goal to push the limits of my academic,
athletic, leadership and creative abilities. In high school,
I performed in musicals. In college, I help write and choreograph
them. I have also taken on new passions I never imagined
in high school such as fencing and fighting to better the
conditions for female prisoners in the United States. The
Malone award encourages me to keep pursuing excellence inside
and outside of the classroom. Applying for the Malone award
last spring caused me to pause and reflect on all that I
have accomplished in the two years I have been at Wellesley,
and also to see the many stars I still want to reach. Winning
the award brings some of those stars a light year closer."
A graduate of Timberlane Regional High School in Plaistow,
N.H., Shea is the daughter of Jean M. Shea of Atkinson,
N.H., and William P. Shea of Marlborough, Mass. Majoring
in biological sciences with a minor in chemistry, she has
been selected to Phi Beta Kappa, has earned First Year Distinction,
has participated in the Biological Sciences Honors Program
and has received the Beckman Scholars Award, which includes
the opportunity to pursue student research.
In May 2001 she won a National Science Foundation Award
for the Integration of Research and Education as a result
of her work as a student researcher in the Wellesley College
Biological Sciences Department. Her research was presented
at the General Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology
and at Wellesley's Ruhlman Conference.
She works at a peer tutor for Biological Sciences and Chemistry
departments, helping fellow students with course material
and study skills as a biology drop-in tutor and as an assigned
chemistry tutor. She also has worked at Children's Hospital
in Boston as a student in pathology, conducting research,
and at the Channing Laboratory of Brigham and Women's Hospital
in Boston as a research assistant for several asthma, allergy
and lead clinical research studies.
She has served as a residential advisor, as secretary and
treasurer of Peer Advocates and as a health representative
Founded in 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in
liberal arts and the education of women for more than 125
years. The College's 500-acre campus near Boston is home
to 2,300 undergraduate students.