Mateo Jarquín ’13 has been awarded a $34,000 competitive Beinecke Scholarship for graduate study. Jarquín, a history major from Nicaragua, was nominated by Grinnell for the national competition based on his academic record, post-graduate plans and financial need.
Jarquín’s career goal is to pursue a Ph.D. in Latin American history and to become a professional commentator on Latin American affairs. As a Grinnell student, Jarquín was selected as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and has conducted research on the relations of Latin American revolutionary regimes with the U.S. government. He has also served as a Spanish tutor, writing mentor, technology consultant, research assistant at Burling Library, and as a member of the history department’s student educational policy committee.
The Beinecke Scholarship, administered by the Sperry Fund, “enables highly motivated students … to pursue opportunities and to be courageous in the selection of study in the arts, humanities and social studies.” Since the scholarship program began in 1975, more than 500 college juniors from more than 100 undergraduate institutions have been supported by the Sperry Fund.