(Posted April 11, 2005)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Ben Waxman, a sophomore from Erdenheim, Pa. and the son of Michael Waxman and Barbara Buonocore, has been chosen to receive the prestigious Andrew Mutch Scholarship from the St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia.

Only five students from 19 participating colleges and universities in and around Philadelphia are selected to attend one of the five universities in Scotland for one year. Waxman is the 16th Juniata College student to receive this prestigious award since Juniata's affiliation with the program in 1979. He will study at the University of Glasgow during his junior year, the 2005-06 academic year.

To be considered for the scholarship, a student must first be in the top fifth of the sophomore class. The candidate then completes an application and interviews with the president, provost, dean of international programs, international education committee, and the scholarship committee From these interviews, each institution selects one candidate who then travels to Philadelphia to compete for one of the five scholarships.

Waxman, who is studying political science at Juniata, has been a politically active student during his time at Juniata. He was a member of the student club Students for Change. He also has published numerous op-ed columns during his freshman and sophomore years. To date, he has published opinion pieces in the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Altoona Mirror and the Huntingdon Daily News.
In spring semester this year, Waxman was an intern for the American Federation of Musicians local in New York City, part of an academic program called Union Semester.

He also is a member of the clubs Model U.N., AWOL and PAX-O, the club for peace and conflict studies students.

Waxman also is a recipient of the Burkholder Scholarship at Juniata.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.