Williams College Senior Awarded Prestigious Churchill Scholarship

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., January 23, 2015—Williams College senior Jesse Freeman has been awarded a Churchill Scholarship for study at the University of Cambridge for the 2015-16 academic year. Freeman was among 14 students selected for honor this year.

JesseFreeman_5x7_4CFreeman, a math major from Bethesda, Md., plans to pursue a Master of Advanced Study in pure mathematics at Cambridge. Afterward, he hopes to pursue a Ph.D. either at Cambridge or in the United States and go on to conduct research and teach at the university level.

“I am excited, honored, and humbled to join such a fantastic group of scientists,” Freeman says.

At Williams, Freeman is a teaching assistant for mathematics, as well as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the Berkshire Symphony, and the college’s debate team. He studied abroad at Exeter College through the Williams-Oxford program in his junior year, and organized an undergraduate mathematics conference during his time there.

Freeman has won numerous awards for his mathematics and general academic studies, including the Goldwater Scholarship in 2014, a National Science Foundation grant, and a Class of 1960 scholarship. He has also given two invited presentations at the University of Glasgow on applied mathematics.

Freeman is the third student from Williams to be named a Churchill Scholar, following Emily Balskus ’02 and Jared Hallett ’14.

The Churchill Foundation was founded in 1959, and the first Churchill Scholarships were awarded in 1963. Including this year’s group, there have been 493 Churchill Scholars. The scholarship pays all university fees, a living allowance, an airfare allowance, visa costs, and a travel award for its scholars.

Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.


Published January 23, 2015