Student wins full-ride fellowship from Harvard

Cary Dabney

Cary Dabney

Cary Dabney, a senior at Youngstown State University, has been awarded a Dean’s Fellowship at Harvard University, where he will begin graduate studies in the fall. The fellowship includes full tuition, housing and stipend to cover living expenses.

Dabney, a philosophy and religious studies major who expects to graduate with his undergraduate degree in May, says his YSU professors inspired him to succeed. “Dr. (Bruce) Waller and the professors in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department have taken a non-traditional student that simply wanted a college degree and transformed him into a strong academic with the ability to compete with the best in the nation,” he said.

A Youngstown resident, Dabney was in his mid-30s and the father of six children when he started working on his YSU undergraduate degree majoring in philosophy and religious studies. He has been employed as a peer mentor in YSU’s Center for Student Progress and serves as vice president/pro consul for the Sigma Chi fraternity, Eta Chi Chapter.