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May 31, 2000
For Immediate Release
Contact: Peter Bailley

Knox Senior Receives Watson Fellowship

Andrea Arrington, a senior history major at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois, has been awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship for research in Africa next year. The prestigious fellowships, funded by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, provide support for outstanding college graduates to conduct year-long research projects outside the United States.

Arrington, who will graduate from Knox on Saturday, June 3, will study attitudes of women in Ghana, Gambia, Burkina Faso, Kenya, South Africa, Lesotho and Mauritius. Arrington will research the effect of family history and family beliefs in the development of gender roles. Her goal is to understand why and how African women embrace or reject the beliefs and traditions they learn from their families.

"Knox is very proud of Ms. Arrington's achievement," said Dr. Richard S. Millman, President of Knox College. "Her project is an example of fine scholarship that is both interdisciplinary and international in nature. The prestige of being one of only sixty Watson Fellowship recipients says wonderful things about her and the Knox faculty with whom she studied."

Arrington, who previously studied in Africa while at Knox, completed an

honors project this year, "Zimbabwe's Working Women: The Challenge of the Informal Market."

Knox is the only college in Illinois included in a select group of 48 liberal arts colleges nationwide that are invited to nominate graduating seniors for Watson Fellowships. The Watson Fellowship Program looks for "students at small liberal arts colleges noted for their quality and commitment to undergraduate education," according to James Lehman, executive director of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, which has awarded the fellowships for the past 27 years.

Founded in 1837, Knox is an independent, four-year, liberal arts college, located in Galesburg, Illinois, with 1,200 students from 45 states and 41 nations. Knox's "Old Main," a National Historic Landmark, is the only building remaining from the 1858 Lincoln-Douglas debates.