Michael Harwick '11 has been awarded a $25,000 Davidson Fellow Scholarship for his achievement in writing. He was one of 17 winners selected from across the country for the scholarship program, sponsored by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development in Nevada. Harwick was honored for his writing portfolio titled "Highways: The Road as Existence." The portfolio included excerpts from Harwick's novel The Sideshow Vision as well as some of his poetry.
"To be recognized in such a grand way was really amazing," Harwick said in an Oct. 10 interview with the Newark, N.J., Star-Ledger. "It is very reassuring for an artist to know that there is someone out there who thinks what you are saying is important and worth listening to."
Julie Dudley, director of communications for the Davidson Institute, told The Star-Ledger, "Michael's portfolio in literature basically stood out to the judges as a significant piece of work in the field. They thought it was beyond someone typically of that age." The Davidson Awards, given since 2001, recognize student achievements in science, technology, mathematics, music, literature and philosophy. The scholar–ship recipients were honored at a –ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 26.