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LMU Students Awarded Major Scholarships

Five students from Loyola Marymount University were awarded scholarships from several esteemed institutions to help fund their research in art, astrophysics, theology and environmental engineering.

“LMU students can, and do, win highly competitive awards,” said Kathleen Harris, director of the National and International Scholarship Office at LMU. “It will be exciting to see the nexus between these great opportunities and the preparation we give them here at LMU as men and women for others.”

Junior Naomi Henry, a studio arts major, and Crischell Baccaro ’11, whose degree is in art history, each received Fulbright scholarships. Henry received a place in the Fulbright Summer Institute to study photography and art at Nottingham Trent University, England. Baccaro will conduct research in the Philippines for a year as a recipient of a Fulbright Research Grant. She will focus on how female Filipino artists are marginalized because of their gender and culture. 

“I chose the Philippines because the culture has become an interesting and diverse mixture of sorts,” Baccaro said. “Currently, the Philippines is a place that is unarguably most affected by the confluence of American principles, traditions, and culture; yet it also retains other foreign influences from the past.”

Kevin Brown ’08, M.A. ’11, was accepted into the Lily Fellows Graduate Program in Humanities and the Arts. He will pursue a Ph.D. in systematic theology at Boston College. As a Lily fellow, Brown will receive three annual fellowship awards and present his research at conferences that focus on church-related higher education.

“I’m very honored to be selected as a Lily fellow,” Brown said. “The fellowship will be a huge benefit to my work in the academy. Boston College has excellent theology faculties and I will be able to work with some of the best and most important Catholic theologians in the country.”

Junior Sergio Gonzalez, an environmental engineering major, received a Greater Research Opportunities Fellowship from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA-GRO fellows receive funding support for their junior and senior years, in addition to a paid summer internship at an EPA facility. Gonzalez also received an Ernest F. Hollings scholarship from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The scholarship provides academic assistance and a full-time summer internship at a NOAA facility.  

“These fellowships will really help propel me to even greater heights in my academic career and give me amazing life opportunities that really are priceless,” Gonzalez said. “Also, they will build my credentials and help me to win even bigger fellowships down the road in my academic career.”

Senior Peter Guan Li, a physics major, received a ThinkSwiss research scholarship. The award will fund his research in astrophysics this summer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.