Three Awarded Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence

For immediate release:
September 27, 2006
Mary Ann Hill

WELLESLEY, MA. – Three Wellesley students have been honored with the annual Katharine Malone Prizes for Academic Excellence. The prizes, which were announced at Convocation, honor students who have successfully combined academic excellence with a commitment to contributing to the college community. The Malone Prizes were established in 1985 by alumna Claudine Malone ‘63 in honor of her mother, Katharine.

Senior Megan Gross, a native of New York City, was named the 2006 Katharine Malone Scholar, the most distinguished of the three awards. The award includes a stipend of $30,000, to be given at Commencement and eligibility for another $5,000 per year for up to four years of graduate studies. Gross is majoring in cognitive and linguistic studies and Russian and is conducting a senior honors thesis on grammatical rules among English-Russian bilinguals and among individuals learning Russian as a second language. She is a member of the cross-country team and Wellesley’s multifaith council and also works as a Russian Department tutor. The daughter of Jacob and Gretchen Gross of New York City, she graduated from Hunter College High School in 2003.

Maggie Thompson, who hails from Oriental, NC, was awarded the Katherine Malone Sophomore Prize for Academic Excellence, which includes a $7,500 stipend. A chemistry major who presented her research at the American Chemical Society conference last spring, Thompson is a member of Wellesley’s equestrian team and has been a resident advisor and member of her residence hall’s House Council. Thompson graduated from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in 2004 and is the daughter of Elizabeth Thompson of Oriental, NC, and Sanford Thompson of Raleigh, NC.

Sophomore Andrea Liang of Singapore was awarded the Katherine Malone First-Year Student Prize for Academic Excellence, which also includes a $7,500 stipend. She plans to major in economics and is a member of the ultimate Frisbee team and of Awaken the Dawn, an a cappella group. A 2003 graduate of Anglo-Chinese Junior College, Liang hopes to pursue a masters degree in Economics and to someday enter the Christian ministry. Her parents are Dr. Liang Te Shan and Dr. Caroline Chee of Singapore.

Committed to the education of women since its founding in 1870, Wellesley College is recognized as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. Its 500-acre campus near Boston is home to 2,300 undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 60 countries.