Feb. 19, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -
Naval Academy senior rower Eric Washkewicz has been selected as one of 39 U.S. students to earn a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. Washkewicz, who was selected from a field of approximately 750 applicants, became the 11th student from the Naval Academy to be awarded the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.
The Gates Cambridge Scholarships are some of the most prestigious international scholarships in the world. The Gates Scholars attend the University of Cambridge and study for a variety of one-year courses and PhD degrees. The program was established in 2000 by a donation of from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the University of Cambridge. The U.S. Scholars are selected annually from four departments: arts, physical science, social science, and biological science.
Washkewicz, a native of West Orange, N.J., is a mechanical engineering major that has been named to the Superintendant's and Commandant's Lists in every semester at the Naval Academy. His service selection is submarines.
"It was a lot of hard work, I'm thankful for the opportunity the Naval Academy has given me," said Washkewicz. "The demands of being on the lightweight crew and on the brigade staff only helped me meet the high standards of the Gates Scholarship. Without my involvement in both, I would not have made it."
Washkewicz is the second student-athlete from the Navy lightweight rowing team to become a Gates Scholar, as Tom Paul was selected last year.
Including Scholars from other parts of the world, there will be 90 Gates Cambridge Scholars starting postgraduate study or research in October 2013.
Washkewicz is the sixth midshipman to receive a scholarship this year, setting school record for the number scholarships received this year.