Rockmont Veteran Awarded Prestigious Watson Fellowship

Shawn Marler April 20, 2017
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Long time Rockmont camper, counselor, and Tribal Director, Mark McAlister has been awarded the highly prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The Fellowship, offered by the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, offers college graduates a year of independent exploration and travel outside the United States. Watson Fellows must create, execute, and evaluate their own projects.

In a story by Sewanee Today, the University’s news publication, Mark offered his excitement about the opportunity saying, “It’s hard to fathom that I am going to get to explore a topic I have asked myself about for years. I am so excited and I can’t wait for the road ahead!”

During his fellowship in Chile, Denmark, Tanzania, and Thailand, Mark will research and consider the way in which a successful or unsuccessful emergency medical service affects the larger community in both urban and rural environments. Upon his return, Mark will begin medical school to continue pursuing his passion for medicine and helping others.

We are grateful for the work, perspective, and value that Mark has contributed during his years at Rockmont and Sewanee, and the opportunities he’ll have to contribute this next year. Congratulations Mark!

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