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Macalester Student from Clementon, N.J., Wins
Beinecke Scholarship

Kyera Singleton

April 27, 2010 – St. Paul, Minn. Kyera Singleton '11, a junior from Clementon, N.J., double majoring in American studies and women, gender, and sexuality studies, has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship worth $34,000 in support of her graduate education. Singleton is considering various graduate programs where she can study history, African American studies, and post-colonial studies. She is currently studying abroad in Dakar, Senegal.

The Beinecke Scholarship Program was established in 1971 by the Board of Directors of The Sperry and Hutchinson Company to honor Edwin, Frederick, and Walter Beinecke. The Board created an endowment to provide substantial scholarships for the graduate education of young men and women of exceptional promise.

Singleton is one of 20 students nationwide and the only student at a private college in Minnesota to have received the Beinecke Scholarship.

The program seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Since 1975 the program has selected more than 450 college juniors from more than 100 different undergraduate institutions for support during graduate study at any accredited university.

Each scholar receives $4,000 immediately prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 while attending graduate school.

There are no geographic restrictions on the use of the scholarship, and recipients are allowed to supplement the award with other scholarships, assistantships and research grants. Scholars are encouraged to begin graduate study as soon as possible following receipt of their undergraduate degree, and must utilize all of their award within five years.

Each year approximately 100 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for a Beinecke Scholarship. To be eligible to receive a Beinecke Scholarship, a student must be a college junior, a citizen of the United States and have a documented history of receiving need based financial aid during his or her undergraduate years.

Macalester College, founded in 1874, is a national liberal arts college with a full-time enrollment of 1,958 students. Macalester is nationally recognized for its long-standing commitment to academic excellence, internationalism, multiculturalism and civic engagement.