Two recent Columbia alumni, Colin Felsman, CC'09, and Shira Milikowsky, School of Arts '07, have won the Luce Scholarship. This is the first time in over five years that Columbia has had two scholars in the same year. The Luce Foundation describes the program as being “aimed at a group of highly qualified young Americans in a variety of professional fields. It is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. The Program provides stipends, language training and individualized professional placement in Asia for fifteen to eighteen young Americans each year.” While the award varies depending on placement, it can provide approximately $30,000 for the year.
Colin Felsman CC ’09 from Dulles, VA was a double major in Anthropology and Political Science. Since graduation, he has been working at a non-profit development agency in Harare, Zimbabwe. He will focus on entrepreneurial aid and development in Shanghai next year at the Non-Profit Incubator.
Shira Milikowsky received her M.F.A in Directing from the School of the Arts in 2007. Since graduation, she has been working on a number of theater projects in New York City, including the recent revival of Hair where she was an Assistant Director. Her placement is still pending, but she hopes to be in either Tokyo or Seoul working with an arts company.