Three Williams Seniors Win Fellowships for Graduate Studies at Oxford

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., May 18, 2017—Three Williams College seniors have won fellowships for two years of post-graduate study at Oxford University. Allison Holle and Gordon Wilford have won the Donovan-Moody Memorial Fellowship for study at Exeter College at Oxford. Jeffrey Sload has won the Martin-Wilson Fellowship for study at Worcester College at Oxford.

Holle is an Arabic studies major from Baltimore, Md., who plans to pursue a Master’s of Philosophy in Islamic art and archaeology. She wants to focus her studies at the Khalili Research Centre for the Art and Material Culture of the Middle East, and to specialize in the material culture of medieval Egypt. Holle has studied abroad in Egypt at Alexandria University on a Robert G. Wilmers, Jr. 1990 Memorial Student Travel Abroad Fellowship and also at American University in Cairo. She has interned at the Education and Youth Policy Research Program at American University in Beirut, and also with the NGO Reclaim Childhood in Amman, Jordan. At Williams, Holle served on the Arabic Studies Student Advisory Committee, and belonged to the Reclaim Childhood Williams chapter. She was involved with the U.S. State Department’s No Lost Generation Initiative, and served as an English tutor for Syrian refugees with the organization Paper Airplanes. She also played on the Williams field hockey team.

Wilford is a philosophy and classics double major from Brandywine, Md. He plans to pursue a B.Phil. in philosophy, concentrating his studies on ancient philosophy. Wilford spent his junior year at the Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford. He received a Collin and Lilli Roche 1993 Fellowship for his thesis research on Plato’s moral psychology, and received two Class of 1957 research grants to perform summer research in philosophy. At Williams, Wilford was a teaching assistant in philosophy, a member of the American Philosophical Association, and reviewed submissions for Stance, an undergraduate philosophy journal produced by Ball State University.

Sload is a biology major from Darien, Conn., who plans to pursue an M.Phil. in comparative social policy with a focus on healthcare. He wants to be involved throughout his career in revamping the U.S. healthcare system. He is completing a thesis in biology with Professor Pei-Wen Chen. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Sload was the 2014 winner of the Raymond Chang First-Year Chemistry Achievement Award and was the 2015 Class of 1960 Scholar for biochemistry and molecular biology. At Williams, Sload was a teaching assistant in organic chemistry and a tutor in biology and genetics. He was a member of the Ultimate Frisbee team, Williams Jazz and was a leader for Williams Outdoor Orientation Living as First-Years (WOOLF). He plays trombone.

The Donovan-Moody Memorial Fellowship is made possible through the generous contributions from the Dorothy H. Donovan Memorial and John Edmund Moody 1921 gifts.

The Allen Martin Fellowship was established by Martin ’60 to support a graduate studying at Worcester College at Oxford University. The Carroll Wilson Fellowship was established in 1907 from a bequest of Wilson’s will to support graduate study at Oxford University. The two fellowships are combined to support one graduating senior.

The criteria for selection are general intellectual ability and attainment in the major field of study, with special reference to the promise of original and creative work.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.