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March 15, 2024

Announcing the 56th Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows

New York, New York (March 15th, 2024) – Continuing its tradition of expanding the vision and developing the potential of remarkable young leaders, today the Watson Foundation announced its 56th Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows. The Watson provides a year of unparalleled international discovery to exceptional graduating college seniors from any discipline. This year’s class comes from 17 states and 3 countries and exhibits a broad range of academic specialties, socio-economic backgrounds, and project diversity.

They will travel to 64 countries pursuing topics ranging from community-centered AI to agroforestry; from end-of-life care to interfaith advocacy; from seabird communities to soundscapes.

About the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship

A Watson Year allows fellows 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 colleges and university partners across the United States. Fellows receive $40,000 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 community includes inspiring international leaders – artists, CEOs, community organizers, diplomats, Emmy-, Grammy-, MacArthur-, Oscar- and Pulitzer-recipients, entrepreneurs, faculty, healthcare pioneers, journalists, lawyers, politicians, researchers, and committed 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 expand their vision, test and develop their potential, and build the confidence and perspective to be more humane and effective leaders in the world community.


Alexander DelFranco, Amherst College

Annie Barrett, Haverford College

Anusha Karki, Hamilton College

Atquetzali Quiroz, Colorado College

Carlos Yu, Wheaton College

Cate Levy, Wesleyan University

Chloe Vasquez, Macalester College

Darcy Kim, Wellesley College

Dylan Campos, Wesleyan University

Ebe Figueroa, Bowdoin College

Ebyan Abshir, Union College

Emiliana Reinoso, College of the Atlantic

Emma Schwartz, Haverford College

Emma Sullivan, Wellesley College

Ereny Morcos, Bowdoin College

Grace Hill, Scripps College

Joseph Nolan, Ursinus College

Julia Blackmon, Rhodes College

Lauren Seckington, Hendrix College

Leslie Villegas, Connecticut College

Lola Bauer, Berea College

Marcia Williams, Hendrix College

Maya Lamm, Bowdoin College

Maya McCollum, Oberlin College

Nine Reed-Mera, Bard College

Noah Vargas, Berea College

Samara Gordon Wexler, Middlebury College

Samuel Crowley, Union College

Selma Shaban, Swarthmore College

Sira Nassoko, Grinnell College

Slate Hyacinthe, Swarthmore College

Sophie Demaisy, Connecticut College

Tommy Shenoi, Pitzer College

Trinity Eimer, Rice University

Wriley Hodge, College of the Atlantic

Learn more about the fellows and their projects here.

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