Emily Gladden ’07 wins prestigious Gates Cambridge Scholarship

On Feb. 12, the Gates Cambridge Scholarship program named Emily Gladden ’07 one of this year’s recipients of its prestigious scholarships for study at Cambridge University.

The scholarship, which is awarded based on the applicant’s intellectual ability, leadership potential, commitment to improving the lives of others and “fit” with Cambridge, was given to 29 of the program’s 800 applicants for 2010.

Shannon Chiu ’08, Alan Rodrigues ’07 and Shawn Powers ’04 preceded Gladden as recipients of the scholarship, which was created in 2000 after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation donated $210 million dollars to Cambridge for the purpose of bringing students from outside the United Kingdom to the University.

Gladden, who graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in psychology and English, will begin her study at Cambridge in October 2010. She plans to attend Cambridge’s Clare College and to obtain an M.Phil. in criminology.

Gladden currently works as a paralegal supervisor for Federal Defenders, Inc., which represents disadvantaged clients in New York City.

Upon graduating from the College, she joined the John Jay School of Criminal Justice in New York as a research assistant, aiding in a prospective longitudinal study on child abuse and neglect.

While at Williams, Gladden played varsity squash and lacrosse, founded the on-campus group Students Against the Death Penalty and was nominated to Phi Beta Kappa.