When she graduated from Washington and Lee in 2007, Liane Carlson won a distinguished Fulbright grant to study in Germany. After that year abroad, she returned to enter graduate school at Columbia University, where she’s pursing her goal of earning a Ph.D. in religion with an emphasis on the philosophy of religion. Liane got a major boost along the way, when she was recently named one of 72 Jacob K. Javits Fellows. Announcement of the award was made by the U.S. Secretary of Education. Javits fellows pursue graduate study within selected fields of the arts, humanities and social sciences. Selected from 764 applicants, fellows are chosen on the basis of superior academic achievement, exceptional promise and financial need. They are chosen by panels of academic scholars selected by the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship Board. Each fellow receives a $30,000 stipend, and the institution he or she attends receives a payment of $13,552. Congratulations, Liane!