Two Cornellians Named 2016 Gates-Cambridge Scholars

Atticus DeProspo ’15 and Karen Duffy ’13 were awarded the 2016 Gates-Cambridge Scholarship on Feb. 3, which covers the tuition cost of master’s degrees or Ph.D.’s at the University of Cambridge. The 35 U.S. scholars — selected from a pool of 826 applicants — will be studying in 28 of Cambridge’s academic departments and researching topics ranging from the health ramifications of sugar taxation to bat-borne viruses like Ebola, according to the Gates-Cambridge website. The scholarship — endowed with $210 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation — is distributed to some of “the most academically brilliant and socially committed young people,” according to the Gates-Cambridge website. DeProspo — an ILR alumnus and member of the men’s varsity soccer team — said he wrote his senior thesis on LGBT inclusion in athletics.