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For immediate release: Mar. 4, 2002

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Students earn scholarships for study in England

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Three Princeton seniors have been awarded scholarships for study in England next year. They are: Natalie Deffenbaugh of Columbia, Md., who will receive the Daniel Sachs Class of 1960 Memorial Scholarship; Paul Hackwell of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., who will receive the Keasbey Scholarship; and Ann Kelly of New York City, who will receive one of the first Gates Cambridge Scholarships.

Sachs Scholarship

Deffenbaugh plans to study for a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy, politics and economics at Worcester College, Oxford University. In particular, she plans to study the mechanisms of peace keeping and diplomacy. She eventually would like to work at the State Department or an independent nongovernmental organization.

Deffenbaugh will graduate in June with a bachelor's degree in physics and a certificate in medieval studies. She has served as a peer tutor in math and physics and won the Lucent Technologies prize for excellence in physics during her sophomore year. She has run varsity track and cross country, earning All-Ivy League honors in 1999 and 2000. She also has sung with the University Chapel Choir.

A graduate of Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J., Deffenbaugh has a longstanding interest in international relations. During high school, she attended the New Jersey Governor's School of Public Issues, taking an intensive class in international conflict resolution. She has been active in the Princeton and Maplewood chapters of Amnesty International. She also has been a volunteer with the Ghana Education Project, assisting in the development of a free community library in Domenase, Ghana. She conducted physics research as an intern at the Gran Sasso National Laboratories in Italy in the summer of 2000 under a National Science Foundation grant. A former senior counselor at Concordia Language Villages language immersion camp, she is fluent in French.

The Sachs Scholarship, one of the highest honors given to Princeton undergraduates, will provide tuition and expenses for two years. It has been awarded since 1970 in memory of Daniel Sachs, who starred in football and lacrosse at Princeton before attending Worcester College as a Rhodes Scholar. Sachs, who intended to enter politics, died of cancer at age 28. Classmates and friends established the scholarship in his honor to provide a senior with an opportunity to study, work or travel abroad after graduation. The scholarship commemorates his qualities and is meant for students of broadly comparable intentions.

Keasbey Scholarship

Hackwell intends to study for an M.Phil. in English medieval studies from 1100 to 1500 at Oxford University. He will receive a bachelor's degree in English literature from Princeton in June with a certificate in financial economics. He studied English literature and macroeconomic theory at University College London in the fall of 2000 through a Princeton study abroad program.

A graduate of Palos Verdes Peninsula High School, Hackwell this year received an award for the best undergraduate essay on Dante from the Dante Society of America. He has served as executive editor of The Princeton Spectator, and he also has written opinion columns and feature articles on national and campus issues for the student publication. He is a junior fellow of both the Human Values Forum and the Undergraduate Society of Fellows, meeting regularly for discussions with faculty members and other students.

Hackwell has assisted his fellow students as a residential computing consultant for the Office of Information Technology. He also has been a leader for Outdoor Action, supervising freshmen on multi-day trips in the wilderness, and a member of Princeton's club and junior varsity soccer teams, serving as captain of the latter this year.

Since 1950, selected colleges and universities on the East Coast have been invited, on a rotating basis, to nominate graduating seniors for the Keasbey Scholarship. The award provides the opportunity to study for two postgraduate years at the University of Oxford, the University of Cambridge, the University of Edinburgh or University College of Wales at Aberystwyth.

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Kelly plans to use the Gates scholarship to earn a doctoral degree in social anthropology at Cambridge University. She hopes to pursue a career that combines her research and public policy interests in medical anthropology, the history of medicine and bioethics.

Kelly will receive a bachelor's degree in anthropology in June with certificates in creative writing and European studies. She is completing two senior theses: one based on a collection of poems she is writing that grew out of an experience in the summer of 2000 traveling in Ireland under Princeton's Martin Dale Fellowship; and a second examining the work of Alfred Kroeber, one of the founding fathers of American anthropology, whose work she studied last summer at the University of California-Berkeley under a Princeton Thesis Grant. She also has received a Princeton Creative Writing Prize and a Mary Quantaince Prize for Summer Travel.

A graduate of the Brearley School in New York, Kelly has been a member of the Undergraduate Society of Fellows, editor-in-chief and cultural editor of The Nassau Weekly student publication and feature editor of Vent, a campus literary journal. She also has participated in club and intramural soccer.

The Gates scholarships, funded through a $210 million donation to the University of Cambridge from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, provide up to four years of support for students pursuing degrees at the university. The awards are intended for scholars of outstanding academic merit and leadership potential from every country of the world other than the United Kingdom who are committed to serving their communities.

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