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ETS Majors receive Rossman Scholarships

May 8, 2017

This year, three ETS majors have received the Newell W. Rossman Jr. Scholarships in the Humanities. The award honors students in the humanities for their "academic and personal excellence."

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Jacob Gedetsis is a junior dual English and Textual Studies and Newspaper and Online Journalism major. The first-generation college student was born in Cleveland, OH. On campus, Jacob spends most of his time writing and editing for The Daily Orange, where he has held various roles including Features Editor and Digital Editor. This summer he will be interning at The Kansas City Star as the newspaper’s features intern. Next year, he will be a Remembrance Scholar and will be participating in the English Department’s Distinction program. After graduation, Jacob hopes to enter the world of journalism or publishing.

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Julia Leyden is a sophomore English and Textual Studies and Magazine dual major in the the Renée Crown University Honors Program. On campus, she is a volunteer with smART, M.E.S.H., the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Team, and the Somali Bantu Center; a member of the co-ed honors fraternity Phi Sigma Pi; and the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of Perception magazine. For her future Honors capstone and ETS Distinction thesis projects, she plans to continue her book history research with McSweeney's 36, which won the Department of English's 2017 Nu Sigma Nu Essay Prize. After graduation, she wants to work in the publishing industry, sharing the work of minority writers and allowing for more diverse experiences to be represented in popular literature.

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Zainab Abdali is a rising senior dual majoring in English and Textual Studies and Mathematics. On campus she is involved in the Muslim Students’ Association, Literacy Corps, and peer mentorship in the College of Arts and Sciences. After graduation she hopes to pursue an interdisciplinary graduate degree and continue exploring Muslim and Arab-American literature. This is the second time she has been awarded the Rossman Scholarship.