Scholarship Recipients

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Elizabeth Plaster

Elie Plaster hails from Bethesda, Maryland. She is a senior majoring in international relations and economics. Outside of the classroom, Elie is part of a social sorority, a member of the sailing team and a Tribe Athletics tutor and mentor. She is enthusiastic, outgoing, empathetic and hardworking, as well as passionate about giving back to William & Mary. Elie looks forward to being part of such an incredible group of women who share her drive and values.

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Olivia Vande Woude

Olivia is a senior, double majoring in history and French & Francophone studies. She is also an Honors Thesis Fellow, studying child witches of the Spanish Inquisition. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. Olivia has previously served as the co-president of Women in Business, the co-editor of the Gallery Literary Magazine, a member of the Howard J. Busbee Finance Academy, and a tutor for adult learners in Williamsburg. After graduating from William & Mary, Olivia will pursue her passion for equity research at T. Rowe Price Group, Inc.

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Ashleigh Queen

Ashleigh is a senior lecturer of kinesiology & health sciences at William & Mary and thoroughly enjoys teaching and mentoring undergraduate students, especially as they work to finish their degrees and enter the workforce. Ashleigh strives to ensure a smooth transition for transfer students into the university so they can be successful.

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Xiaoshu Lin

Xiaoshu is an international student and advocates strongly on behalf of the international student community at William & Mary. She prioritizes learning, loving and thinking. Her personal life goal is to live as happy as possible and as long as possible. She intends to pursue a career in international development. Xiaoshu is excited to join a network of sisterhood!

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Kristen Popham

Kristen is a student obsessed with performance, the intersections of language and politics, and her two brothers. At William & Mary, she has filled much of her time engaging in public speaking activities such as Mock Trial, leading a volunteer mentorship program at a local juvenile detention center, writing journalism stories for the school's Department of Communications, engaging in academic research, and leading students in chronic illness advocacy.

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Juliana Olm Cunha

Juliana was born in Brazil but considers herself a citizen of the world since she has lived in a number of countries. Throughout her career, Juliana has worked for Deloitte, the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Committee, and the tech startups Knowe and Zume Inc. Juliana is excited to use the skills she has gained during her MBA studies to empower people, have a positive impact on their lives and make the world a better place.

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Gabrielle Desonne
In addition to earning her Master of Business Administration, Gabrielle is a digital brand manager at L'Oréal. She joined the Society of 1918 because it is imperative for women to step up and offer a hand to other women who are looking to make a change in this world. She looks forward to remaining in touch with the William & Mary community and intends to provide as much as she can in an effort to give back.
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Kaitlyn Depew

Passionate about furthering hers and others’ journeys toward reflection and betterment, Kaitlyn is studying marketing, psychology and business analytics while also taking on leadership opportunities that have allowed her to practice becoming a mentor, educator and self-learner. Kaitlyn is starting her career as a consultant at an analytics-based company and is deeply committed to helping others reach their full potential, while also remembering to focus on self-improvement and care. 

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Amanda Watson

Amanda Watson is a Ph.D. candidate in the computer science department where she researches wearable technology for healthcare and athletic performance. Amanda received her Master of Science in computer science from William & Mary in 2016 and her Bachelor of Arts in computer science and mathematics from Drury University, where she was a four-year letterman on the varsity volleyball team.

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Heather Rodenberg

A passion for understanding other perspectives pushed Heather to study international relations and economics at William & Mary. From her honors thesis on exploring the identities of other countries to her work across campus advocating for women, developing understanding between people has always been her goal. Going into the real world, Heather hopes to continue this support and exploration of other perspectives in her role at the Defense Intelligence Agency, stationed in Molesworth, U.K.

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Krista Schroth

Krista's dream in life is to help others discover their passion and purpose. She loves creating spaces of self-discovery and supporting people in living a more fulfilling life. She is allowing her job search and career aspirations to be led by a few personal tenants:

  • Living a life of integrity and love
  • ​​​​​​Using her time and talents to help others become the very best versions of themselves
  • Helping others learn to love themselves more wholly
  • Surrounding herself with thoughtful, intentional civically-engaged people who challenge her to approach differences in opinion with curiosity and compassion
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Dana Reid

Dana is a veteran of the United States Navy with a great deal of expertise in data analytics. In addition to earning her Master of Business Analytics degree, Dana serves as a strategy team chief for the United States Air Force. She intends to start her own business, comprised of veterans and women, focused on the military application of data analytics. As a woman working in male-dominated career fields, such as science and technology, Dana sees that there is a strong need for mentorship between women in those industries.