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Rebecca Scofield ’08 is studying East Asia for her master's degree at Harvard University.Rebecca Scofield ’08 is studying East Asia for her master's degree at Harvard University.

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Willamette alumna earns Javits Fellowship to support graduate studies

Rebecca Scofield '08 has been named a Jacob K. Javits Fellow, a prestigious national award that provides scholarship money to help her complete her PhD.

The program awards students up to $43,755 a year, plus a payment from a graduate institution, for graduate study at the doctoral or master of fine arts level in the arts, humanities and social sciences.

Scofield, who majored in East Asian history at Willamette, is currently pursuing master's degree in regional studies: East Asia at Harvard University, with a focus on Japanese popular culture and gender. She plans to pursue a PhD in cultural anthropology or American civilization, with a goal of becoming a professor.

Scofield is particularly interested in fashion and beauty culture, such as the various fashion tribes in Tokyo and the culture surrounding weight and dieting.

"I am still very close with many of my professors from Willamette, who supported me every step of the way and encouraged me to do the work I love — including a senior thesis on Japanese comic books and American romance novels," Scofield says. "My Willamette professors are the reason I do what I do, and I really appreciate them both as teachers and as friends."

For more information on national scholarships for students, visit Student Academic Grants and Awards.

09-02-2010