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March 15, 2022

Announcing the 54th Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows

New York, New York (March 15th, 2022) – Continuing its tradition of expanding the vision and developing the potential of remarkable young leaders, today the Watson Foundation announced its 54th Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows. The Watson provides a year of unparalleled international discovery for imaginative and bold graduating college seniors in any discipline. This year’s class comes from 21 states and 8 countries and exhibits a broad range of academic specialties, socio-economic backgrounds, and project diversity.

They will travel to 73 countries pursuing topics ranging from automation to pollination; from architectural heritage to compulsory voting; from community science to youth incarceration; from activist filmmaking to eldercare.

About the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

A Watson Year provides fellows with the opportunity to test their aspirations and abilities through a personal project experienced on an international scale. Since the inaugural class was named in 1969, over 3000 Watson Fellows have been selected.

Watson Fellows are nominated by 41 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.

The Watson Fellow community includes CEOs, college presidents, community organizers, Emmy-, Grammy-, and Oscar-award winners, artists, diplomats, entrepreneurs, faculty, journalists, lawyers, politicians, physicians, researchers, and influential social advocates.

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 works with students to develop 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 with a world view.


Andy Garcia, Bard College

Angus Pritchard, Sewanee: University of the South

Ashley Eugley, Bard College

Bethany Costello, Union College

Brandon Pita, Haverford College

Chibuike Odo, Davidson College

Chloe Ortiz, Pitzer College

Clinton Oshipitan, Amherst College

Crys Moosman, Grinnell College

Dylan Morse, Hamilton College

Edward Tranter, Swarthmore College

Ellie Lipp, Davidson College

Hermione Zhou, Bates College

Hunter McDavid, Berea College

Ilana Svartz, Hendrix College

Jasper White, College of the Atlantic

Jordan McClintock, Colby College

Justin Morande, Middlebury College

Kaitlyn Paulsen, Harvey Mudd College

Kass Wojcik, Bryn Mawr College

Livia Cox, Wesleyan University

Luis Cordero, Davidson College

Maija Hecht, Macalester College

Margaret McGlenn, Lawrence University

Maria A. Hernandez Diaz, Berea College

Mark Diaz, Pomona College

Mary Nzeyimana, Bowdoin College

Maya Sobchuk , Macalester College

Mikayla Purnell, Swarthmore College

Molly Gleydura, Oberlin College

Moriah Prescia,Connecticut College

Olivier Mbabazi, Sewanee: University of the South

Radu Stochita, Bowdoin College

Rinako Sonobe, Wellesley College

Saehui Hwang, California Institute of Technology

Salma Khalaf, Earlham College

Stevie Hoesel, Reed College

Sylvia Adome, Whitman College

Sylvie Alexander, Scripps College

Teodosii Ruskov, Amherst College

Xiao Jiang, Pomona College

Yuanhao Zou, Carleton College

Learn more about the fellows and their projects here.

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