William P. Russell Jr, son of Mr. and Mrs. William P. Russell Sr. of Wood Road in Whitesboro, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study and conduct research at the National University of Singapore next year. He is the first Hamilton student since 1987 to be chosen for the prestigious fellowship.
Russell, who will receive his bachelor's degree during Hamilton College's Commencement on Sunday, will look at management techniques in Chinese familial organizations. Contrary to what he described as the "western centrism" that permeates U.S. management, Russell says Asian companies tend to foster a sense of family where employees take care of each other. He will study how those organizations work and what management lessons can be learned for businesses that operate based on a different cultural model.
A graduate of Whitesboro Senior High School, Russell worked with his Hamilton faculty advisors to create an organizational behavior major that combines elements of sociology, psychology and government. Also an Asian studies minor, he leaves for Singapore the first week in July.
Russell is the 1994-95 recipient of the Joseph Drown Prize Scholarship, which is given to a top academic student who has demonstrated leadership qualities and is likely to make a significant contribution to society in the future. The award was presented in May 1994 at the conclusion of Russell's junior year.
The Fulbright Program was created by the U.S. Congress in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. U.S. Senator William Fulbright, the prime sponsor of the program, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict.
Selection for participation in the highly regarded program is extremely competitive. A year ago, 670 grants were awarded from an applicant pool of 4,537. The competition for college seniors is even more intense as many Fulbright scholars are master's and Ph.D. degree candidates. In fact, Russell will be traveling to Singapore with two Ph.D. students.