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Two Finalists for Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships

February 03, 2016

Angie Epifano, a senior majoring in art history, and Katie Keith B.A. ’15, currently serving as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Taiwan, were both named as double finalists for the prestigious Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships.

The well-known Rhodes covers two years of study at Oxford University in England, while the Marshall covers two years of study at any U.K. institution. To progress to the finalist stage for both awards is exceptional, and Epifano has been named an alternate for the Marshall. Both awards require not only outstanding scholarship, but also distinguished leadership, noteworthy service, and compelling personal stories. Both are also accomplished scholar-athletes who competed on Lewis & Clark’s track and cross country teams.

Angie Epifano CAS ’16

Epifano, a Dean’s List student who transferred to Lewis & Clark from Amherst, focuses her scholarship on the Baga tribe of Guinea, specifically how Baga women use art to validate their sociopolitical positions in society.

Epifano’s work at the intersection of African art history and gender studies opened doors for her to present at the 2015 Gender Studies Symposium at Lewis & Clark as well as the 2015 African Studies Association conference in San Diego.

She is currently completing her thesis, tentatively titled “From Guinea to Lithuania: Art, Cultural Voids, and the Making of Nations.” Epifano has also been a passionate advocate for change in how cases of sexual assault are handled on campus.

President Obama appointed her to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, and in 2012, she earned a spot on the Huffington Post’s list of the 12 Most Influential People in Education.

Katie Keith B.A. ’15

Before graduating summa cum laude in 2015, Keith won the Rena Ratte award and was named a member of the Pamplin Society of Fellows and Phi Beta Kappa. She majored in math and Chinese, completing her honors thesis on “Optimal Control Theory With Applications in Economics.” She spent the spring semester of her junior year abroad in Beijing, where she worked to build leadership ties between the U.S. and China. Keith found numerous ways to further cross-cultural communication and understanding throughout her time at Lewis & Clark. She was one of 40 students nationwide named a Project Pengyou Leadership Fellow, attending a four-day summit at Harvard University where she trained in cross-cultural leadership and community organizing. For another project, she established an interfaith service group that not only performed numerous critical projects around the city of Portland, but also promoted dialogue and breakdown of stereotypes among various faith groups. the number one thing Lewis & Clark has that other top schools don’t.”

In the past 20 years, Lewis & Clark has produced two Rhodes scholars, Tamma Carleton B.A. ’09 and Laura Provinzino B.A. ’98. Only two liberal arts colleges have had more Rhodes scholars named in that time. No Lewis & Clark student has ever won the Marshall.

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