Senior at UMass Amherst Wins Mellon Award

AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts senior Jamie Fumo, of Wilbraham, has received a 1998 Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies.

Just 80 Mellon Fellowships are awarded each year, to exceptionally promising students in preparation for careers in teaching and scholarship in humanistic studies. The award provides financial support for the first year of a Ph.D. program at any U.S. or Canadian graduate school. The stipend for the new fellows is $14,000 plus tuition and fees. The 1998 fellows were chosen from 750 applicants.

Fumo is an English major who will graduate next month. In the fall, she will attend graduate school, pursuing medieval studies and English.

"Medieval literature is very engaging and very alive. It’s not stuffy at all," said Fumo. "I’ve had a great experience at UMass, with wonderful classes and teachers. The University has really been instrumental in providing me with direction and support."

She is currently deciding where to attend graduate school, having received offers from Princeton, Cornell, and Brown universities; the University of Connecticut, and the University of Pennsylvania.

"The Mellon Fellowship is one of the most prestigious fellowships available to students in the liberal arts," said Lee Edwards, dean of humanities and fine arts. "The funding is generous, the competition fierce. Students who win this award are typically those who are also accepted into the country’s very best graduate programs." Auditorium, 5 p.m.