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WACO, Texas (July 28, 2021) – Baylor University alumnus Katerina Levinson, BA ’17, received the Barry scholarship, funded by the Canterbury Institute, becoming the first Baylor graduate to receive the organization’s most generous scholarship available to study at the University of Oxford.
The Barry Fellowship is provided by the Canterbury Institute, which is home to Barry Fellows at Oxford and provides the resources, mentorship, administration and program of activities to further the reputation of the scholarship as a leading academic initiative .
Barry Fellows are selected for their dedication to the academic vocation and the search for truth. The scholarship supports graduate studies at the University of Oxford in any discipline, for any degree, enabling Levinson to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in Spanish Literature.
“The scholarship will finance my studies for a doctorate in philosophy. in Medieval and Modern Languages at the University of Oxford, where I will study religious themes in Spanish Baroque theater and the visual arts, ”said Levinson, who won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in 2017, was a University Fellow at Baylor’s Honors College, graduate magna cum laude and was named a finalist for Gates Cambridge this year.
Applicants must be nominated by one of the faculty or directors of academic institutions who have volunteered to seek out the applicants who would excel the most through the Barry Fellowship. Applicants provide evidence of their academic achievement, describe their research plans, and demonstrate interest in teaching to the academic committee. The committee then offers a “Barry” to those who best demonstrate their commitment to the ideals of the stock market.
“My interest in Spanish literature started when I studied abroad in Madrid for a semester as an undergraduate at Baylor, and my passion only grew from there. I took a Cervantes course and a Spanish art history course in Madrid, ”said Levinson. “When I came back to Baylor, I wanted to write my honors thesis on Don Quixote. After graduating, I got a Fulbright ETA scholarship in Spain, where I continued to develop my interest in Spanish culture. Finally, my passion culminated with my master’s studies this year at Oxford.
Levinson chose Baylor for his undergraduate studies due to the strength of Honors College, particularly the Great Texts and University Scholars programs. She was drawn to Baylor’s intellectual community and the genuine concern the faculty showed for the intellectual growth and spiritual well-being of their students.
Levinson thanks Baylor faculty members Ralph Wood, Ph.D., university professor of theology and literature; Barry Harvey, Ph.D., professor of theology; Lynne Hinojosa, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Literature in the Honors Program; Eric Holleyman, Ph.D., senior lecturer in religion; and Wesley Null, Ph.D., vice-president, undergraduate education and institutional effectiveness, among others, as being particularly influential on its success. She said her teachers were always available for long conversations in their offices and cared about her academic and personal growth.
Levinson’s undergraduate experience at Baylor provided a rigorous academic environment in which she was able to build a scientific foundation for the future as well as discover her passion for learning and teaching.
“Baylor endowed me with a passion for learning, teaching me to embrace the intellectual life as a way to deepen my faith and anchor it in reason,” said Levinson. “My time as an undergraduate at Baylor enriched my life by encouraging me to ask meaningful questions and challenging me to succeed in my studies. It has also provided me with great opportunities to win grants and scholarships and has always given me a way to explore my interests, for example through its study abroad programs.
The Barry Fellowship provided Levinson with the resources to continue investing in his education and pursuing his passion, including full funding for tuition, a living allowance, and annual research and travel allowances. After completing his doctorate, Levinson plans to continue working in academia in the United States or abroad, researching and teaching as a professor.
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