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March 20, 2020

Announcing the 52nd Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows

New York, New York (March 20th, 2020)
– Continuing its tradition of expanding the vision and developing the potential of remarkable young leaders, today the Watson Foundation announced its 52nd Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows. The Watson provides a year of unparalleled international discovery for select graduating college seniors in any discipline. This year’s class comes from 20 states and 8 countries and exhibits a broad range of academic specialty, socio-economic background, and project diversity.

About the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

Nearly 3000 Watson Fellows have been named since the inaugural class in 1969. A Watson Year provides fellows with an opportunity to test their aspirations and abilities through a personal project cultivated on an international scale. Watson Fellows have gone on to become leaders in their fields including CEOs of major corporations, college presidents, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar Award winners, Pulitzer Prize awardees, artists, diplomats, doctors, entrepreneurs, faculty, journalists, lawyers, politicians, researchers and inspiring influencers around the world.

Watson Fellows are selected from 40 private colleges and university partners across the United States. They receive $36,000 for twelve months of travel and college loan assistance as needed. Following the year they join a community of peers who provide a lifetime of support and inspiration.

About the Watson Foundation

In 1961, the Watson Foundation was created as a charitable trust in the name of Thomas J. Watson Sr, best known for building IBM. Through one-of-a-kind programs, and over 100 global partnerships, the Foundation provides students with personal, professional and cultural opportunities that expand their vision, test and develop their potential, and build their confidence and perspective to be more humane and effective leaders on a global scale.



Antonia Aguilar Cole, Bryn Mawr College

Tommy Armstrong, Ursinus College

Noor Banihashem Ahmad, Bryn Mawr College

Inayah Bashir, Wesleyan University

Cameron Bechtold, Union College

Adin Becker, Pomona College

Megan Bennett, Earlham College

Garrett Bullock, Ursinus College

Anna Conley, Carleton College

Cameron Conner, Whitman College

Gretel Cuevas Verdin, Bryn Mawr College

Claire Fleming, Hendrix College

Cseca Gazzolo, Wellesley College

Mackenzie Gearin, Hendrix College

Stephanie Gee, Reed College

Kai Greenlees, Vassar College

Helena Gruensteidl, Grinnell College

Maia Hay, Wheaton College

Elizabeth Helmreich, Wheaton College

Maximillian Hill, Grinnell College

Zed Hopkins, Pomona College

Madison Hunter, Davidson College

Eliamani Ismail, Scripps College

Katherine Jacobs, Earlham College

Michael Khuth, Macalester College

Minjoo Kim, Colgate University

Luka Lezhanskyy, Wesleyan University

Isabella Manson, Pitzer College

Victoria Marino, Harvey Mudd College

Wilder McCoy, Sewanee: University of the South

Indiana Nunez Sharer, College of the Atlantic

Stephen Nwaloziri, Berea College

Emily Oleisky, Bowdoin College

Danielle Pinney, Union College

Giorlando Ramirez, Reed College

Aloyce Riziki, Berea College

Jack Romans, Williams College

Evangelos Sarantinos, Whitman College

Maleelo Shambabo, Rhodes College

Sabrina Slipchenko, Bard College

Alesandra Tejeda, Colorado College

Roy Toston, Davidson College

Maimuna Touray, Vassar College

Hattie Wilder Karlstrom, Bard College

Sophia Winkowitsch, Berea College

Hailey Wozniak, Bowdoin College

Yuxi Xia, Wellesley College

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