Afghan native Lina Tori Jan, ’20, championed the rights of immigrants, refugees, minorities, and women through her University of Richmond activism, community service, and Jepson School internship with an international women’s rights nonprofit. She received the Servant Leader Award from the Jepson Student Government Association as well as many other University of Richmond awards in recognition of her campus and community engagement. In fall 2020, she will pursue a public policy master’s degree at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford.
“My ultimate goal is to work as a diplomat or a United Nations ambassador. My heart has always been in helping and serving, because I have been helped and blessed by others.”
Taylor Hoogsteden, '20, graduated summa cum laude from the University of Richmond with a major in leadership studies and minors in both education and society and law and the liberal arts. In summer 2019, she served as a Governor’s Fellow in the Office of the Virginia Secretary of Education, where she researched student homelessness and food insecurity on college campuses across Virginia. Her work was so well received that she was offered and accepted an ongoing part-time internship with the Virginia Education Secretariat. In fall 2020, she will pursue a master’s degree in higher education at the University of Oxford.
“I am interested in a career that will allow me to influence education policy with the goal of fostering an improved society.”
Sabrina Escobar Miranda, ’19, earned a Master of Science in Latin American studies from the Latin American Centre, University of Oxford in July 2020. The inaugural Jepson Scholar graduated with distinction, a recognition granted to those earning the highest grades. She will attend the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in fall 2020 to pursue a master’s in journalism. Eventually, she plans to use her two master’s degrees to work as a foreign correspondent or journalist covering Latino communities and issues. Read her dissertation: Feminicide Coverage in El Salvador: An Analysis of Journalistic Practices Used by the Salvadoran Press to Report on Feminicide.
"Attending Oxford has been such an incredible opportunity for me, one that I would not have considered pursuing without the support of the Jepson Scholars Program."