When MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright stealthily sidled up to Rebecca Craigg to deliver some of the best news of her academic life, she was understandably incredulous.
“Nuh-uh!” she said, looking up from her laptop.
Cartwright and a crowd of Craigg’s enthusiastic supporters — administrators, advisors and faculty — surprised her at the Bond Life Sciences Center with news that she had been awarded the prestigious Mark Twain Fellowship. The MU-sponsored award supports Mizzou students and recent alumni pursuing graduate study abroad in any discipline.
Craigg, a biological sciences graduate from Taos, Missouri, will go on to study global health at Trinity College Dublin.
“As a first-generation college student paying undergraduate costs, it helps so much to not have that added stress for my masters program,” Craigg says. “And it really helps me not only focus on school, but also on extracurricular things.”
Craigg believes the process of applying for fellowships (she was a finalist for a Rhodes Scholarship) has boosted her confidence as much as being selected for an award.
“The first thing I had to do was write a personal statement, and you can say a lot of things about yourself,” Craigg says. “But which of those things is most important to you? What do you value?”
“I have been given so much, and I wanted my material to reflect that.”