Alumna Awarded Monroe Scholar at William & Mary

Gillian Byles (’09) has been accepted as a Monroe Scholar at The College of William and Mary. Gillian plans on using her summer scholarship to travel to Jamaica to conduct a cross cultural study of body image in young woman both at The College of William and Mary and at the University of the West Indies.

Each year, rising sophomores who have outstanding academic records in the freshman year are invited to apply for seats in the Monroe Scholar Program. This year 124 rising sophomores were invited to apply for 54 spaces in the class of 2013.

Monroe Scholars are the most academically distinguished undergraduates at William and Mary. They demonstrate a concern for community, intellectual depth, curiosity, and devotion to learning for learning's sake.

The most significant component of the Program is the $3,000 summer scholarship that is awarded to every Monroe Scholar. Students may use the scholarship to conduct a serious research project of their own design following the sophomore or junior year.

(The program description above comes from www.wm.edu.)

Gillian plans to travel to Jamaica to conduct a cross cultural study of body image in young woman both at The College of William and Mary and at the University of the West Indies.