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Berea College Students Named Watson Fellows
Kentucky Ag Connection - 03/25/2020

Continuing its tradition of expanding the vision and developing the potential of remarkable young leaders, the Watson Foundation announced its 52nd Class of Thomas J. Watson Fellows this morning.

Berea College Students Stephen Nwaloziri, Aloyce (Hans) Riziki, and Sophia Winkowitsch each won a place in this prestigious cohort.

Watson Fellows are selected from 40 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 their year abroad, they join a community of peers who provide a lifetime of support and inspiration.

Berea's Fellows will be traveling the globe to explore topics about which they are passionate.

In the case of Winkowitsch, she will be looking at "Goats in Sustainable Agriculture Around the World." Since her childhood in Michigan, she has found inspiration in goats' "resilience and multi-faceted usefulness."

Nwaloziri, who will be taking "A Breathtaking Adventure with Trash," hopes to "explore and learn what happens during the life cycle of plastic waste," and is interested in finding an alternative to landfills. Nwaloziri grew up in Nigeria.

Meanwhile Riziki, who hails from Tanzania, will spending his year immersed in yoga-practicing cultures around the globe, "Understanding Yoga's Origin and Evolution."

The Watson provides a year of unparalleled international discovery for select graduating college seniors in any discipline. This year's class comes from 20 states and 8 countries and exhibits a broad range of academic specialty, socio-economic background, and project diversity.

Nearly 3000 Watson Fellows have been named since the inaugural class in 1969. Berea has averaged one winner per year since becoming a Watson School in 1988.

A Watson Year provides fellows with an opportunity to test their aspirations and abilities through a personal project cultivated on an international scale. Watson Fellows have gone on to become leaders in their fields including CEOs of major corporations, college presidents, Emmy, Grammy and Oscar Award winners, Pulitzer Prize awardees, artists, diplomats, doctors, entrepreneurs, faculty, journalists, lawyers, politicians, researchers and inspiring influencers around the world.

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 provides students with 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 on a global scale.

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