Williams College senior awarded prestigious Churchill Scholarship

Williams College senior Alexander “Sasha” Shashkov has been awarded a prestigious Churchill Scholarship for study at the University of Cambridge for the 2024-25 academic year. Shashkov was among 16 students in the U.S. selected for honor this year.

A mathematics and computer science major from Weston, Mass., he plans to study mathematics at Cambridge, and then pursue a Ph.D. in pure mathematics, focusing on number theory, in the United States.

Shashkov is the fourth student from Williams to be named a Churchill Scholar, following Emily Balskus ’02, Jared Hallett ’14 and Jesse Freeman ’15. 

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.

Read more about the Churchill Scholarship and this year’s recipients


Published January 24, 2024