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SECURING DIVERSE “We have very passionate alums who contact us from all over the world eager to help us recruit students in their area. And they create those channels for us. Their dedication is a testament to how this place lays the foundation for our students. They become the women that they are here,” notes Jamie. Who is Fahima becoming? One thing is clear: she’s a fearless leader who is seizing every opportunity at Emma, including participating in Model United Nations and joining the Foreign and American Student Organization (FASO). “Always aim high, why not?” Fahima says. “Being a peer educator, being in FASO and other clubs, is more than staying busy, it is about giving back, which is a huge thing. So many people want this, but if you want it, you have to work for it. This is just the beginning for me. For what I plan to do.” Sue says she is confident Emma international scholars will go on to make meaningful contributions across the globe. “These girls are the epitome of an ‘adventurous spirit’—full of emotional stamina, physical preparation, and the courage to travel huge distances to receive an education,” Sue says. “We will be proud to follow their futures.” Nichole Dupont is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The Take Magazine, Huffington Post, Berkshire Magazine and other online and print publications.


ON MOUNT IDA Since the Holloway Scholars Program began in 2006, 12 students at Emma Willard School have been named Holloway Scholars. One of the three inaugural scholars was Kateryna Kozyrytska ’07, from Kerch, Crimea, Ukraine. After Emma, Kateryna graduated from MIT and is currently at Stanford University earning her Ph.D. in neuroscience. She's working in the laboratory of a Nobel Prize winning researcher on the principles of communication between neurons in the brain. “I want to be a physician-scientist, seeing psychiatric patients and conducting research in molecular mechanisms of psychiatric diseases,” Kateryna says. Emma is one of five independent Davis Scholars secondary schools in the US invited since the program’s eight years ago by the Shelby Cullom inception in 2008 Davis Charitable Fund to join the Davis Scholars Program, which supports outstanding students from around the world. The Davis family, at the request of matriarch Kathryn Wasserman Davis, started this program to foster greater understanding among the world’s future decisionmakers through transformative educational experiences at both the high school and university levels. Holloway Scholars A wise and generous philanthrosince the program’s pist, Kathyrn made it her life’s work inception in 2006 to establish programs to foster peace and understanding. Her son, Shelby M. Davis, and his wife, Gale Lansing Davis ’63, maintain an active interest in her projects and were instrumental in including Emma in the pilot program for high school students. There have been 29 Davis Scholars since that program’s inception in 2008. A number of Emma alumnae have joined in supporting the Davis Scholars through The Emma Fund.

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