Karys Blakemore of Blacksburg honored by George Mason University
Karys Blakemore, Blacksburg High School Class of 2011, was selected by the George Mason University Honors College to receive the Schwartzstein Best Freshmen Research Scholarship for her research paper “Three strikes and One Conflict: Oil Companies, the Nigerian State and Delta Militants in the Niger Delta.”
The scholarship award is $1,000 to be used toward further research. She will be recognized for her achievement at the Celebration of Scholarship and Partnership, hosted by the Honors College on Thursday February 9th.
Karys is a freshman at George Mason University Honors College and has just entered her 2nd semester with a 4.0 G.P.A. She is currently studying Spanish, Russian and politics and is aiming for a double major in Spanish and Russian. She is hoping to study abroad in Buenos Aires this summer. Karys says she may use the money to expand on her paper or even compare the situation in the Niger Delta to that of Sudan. Once she submits a few edits on the current paper it may be published at George Mason University. Karys say “GMU is a fantastic university because you meet twenty different people a day who you wouldn’t get to meet anywhere else in the world!”
At George Mason Honors College, the college commitment to excellence is not limited to academics, as students find intellectual challenge in equal measure with community support and involvement. With each entering class capped at about 250 (out of approximately 2,500 entering freshmen), students have all the benefits of a small college community connected to the resources of a large university.
– Submitted by Laureen Blakemore