Wellesley Seniors Receive Foreign Study and Travel Awards
May 16, 2006
Mass. -- Wellesley
College senior Daphne Francois of Roslindale, Mass., has
been awarded the 2006 Susan Rappaport Knafel ’52
Scholarship for Foreign Study. The $25,000 scholarship
funds a year of study at a foreign institution to pursue
a specific subject that requires contact with foreign scholars,
libraries or other resources.
Wellesley College senior
Nicole Paxton of Grayson, Ga., has received the 2006 Susan Rappaport
Knafel ’52 Traveling Fellowship.
The $25,000 fellowship funds a year of travel abroad to explore
a particular interest—with the requirement that the recipient
not remain in the same area for more than two months.
A classical studies
major, Francois will continue her study of the classics at the
University of Cambridge in England. “This
experience will prepare me for a graduate program,” Francois
said. “I will eventually obtain a Ph.D. in classical studies.” Since
September 2004, Francois has also been the recipient of a national
Mellon Mays Fellowship, a doctoral fellowship preparing her for
graduate study. She has won the 2005 McCann Prize, a summer archaeology
Francois is a graduate of Boston Latin School. At Wellesley, she
has spent a semester in Greece, studying ancient Greek civilization,
and a summer in Italy, studying at the Archaeological Field School
in Sardinia. She has served as department tutor for both Latin
and Greek and earned First Year Academic Distinction. In addition,
she has acted in the Ethos Art Program and has been production
manager and Greek chorus member in an Euripidean tragedy, president
of the New Classics Club, stage manager of the Latina Cultural
Show and volunteer tutor for Ethos Bridge the Gap Program and Wellesley
Words on Wheels.
Paxton, an art history and Italian studies major, will focus on
contemporary Eastern Orthodox Christian iconography, traveling
to Orthodox monasteries in France, Cyprus, Serbia, Romania, Russia
and Israel to study the painting of religious icons, looking at
ancient traditions as well as modern innovations.
“My goal for this project is to form a unique and new perspective
in the field of Byzantine art and to conduct an analytical study
of contemporary iconography composed of examples from these representative
countries,” she said.
Paxton is a 2002 alumna of Brookwood High School in Snellville,
Ga. At Wellesley, she has earned First Year Academic Distinction,
the Philoptochos Scholarship, the American Hellenic Educational
Progressive Association Scholarship and the Hellenic Times Scholarship.
She studied abroad in Greece through the Wellesley Slater Grant
and the Ismene Phylactopoulou Memorial Scholarship. She also attended
the Eastern College Consortium in Bologna, Italy. She has been
secretary of the Mock Trial Team, a volunteer with senior citizens,
secretary and health representative with Wellesley House Councils,
social chair of Hellenic Society, president of the Wellesley Belly
Dancing Society and member of the Maids of Athena, a community
service organization that promotes Greek culture.
Since 1875, Wellesley College has been a leader in providing an
excellent liberal arts education for women who will make a difference
in the world. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300
undergraduate students from all 50 states and 68 countries. For
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Daphne Francois '06
Nicole Paxton '06