Alumna Wins Scholarship to Cambridge

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Alumni Spotlight
Alumna Receives Prestigious Scholarship to the
University of Cambridge

Liz Walsh carries the Associate in Arts banner at Commencement 2011.
Liz Walsh carries the Associate in
Arts banner at Commencement 2011.

(Posted 2-17-15)

Elizabeth Walsh, Class of 2011, has received the prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship, a full-tuition scholarship awarded to scholars outside the United Kingdom for graduate study at the renowned University of Cambridge in England.

An English major who earned an Associate in Arts degree at PCCC, Liz went on to receive her B.A. degree in anthropology at Columbia University, where she graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa last May. She also won the 2014 Dean’s Prize in Anthropology, among other honors.

While at Columbia, Liz held an internship at the Museum of Natural History where she discovered her keen interest in museum work. 

She plans to eventually earn a Ph.D. and go on to a career in ethnographic museums. Toward that goal, Liz will pursue a Master’s in Philosophy degree in Social Anthropology at Cambridge.

“I hope to explore the potential of digital technologies to democratize the relationship between museums and source communities,” Liz said.

A non-traditional student who grew up on a New Jersey farm, competed in rodeo events, and was home-schooled before enrolling at PCCC,  Liz credits the College with providing the foundation she needed to succeed in her illustrious academic journey.  Read more about Liz.

“PCCC does a wonderful job of preparing students for anything they want to do next,” said Liz
in an interview with PCCC earlier this year.

Liz is one of 40 United States scholars who received the highly competitive scholarship. Another 55 international recipients will be named in March. These 95 scholars in the Class of 2015 will begin their studies in October. 

PCCC is one of seven U.S. colleges to have a Gates Cambridge Scholarship recipient among their alumni for the first time.