Honors College Student Earns Prestigious Fellowship

by University Relations

Andrew Soria ’14 graduated from APU’s Honors College last May with multiple education options and an invaluable opportunity. Accepted into graduate literature programs at several elite California universities, Soria chose the University of Southern California. He also earned a competitive fellowship from the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program in Humanities and the Arts. As 1 of 10 recipients of the three-year award, Soria received $9,000 and will work with senior mentors, attend professional development conferences, and participate in common readings and online discussions on faith and higher learning.

Soria’s rigorous course of study and exceptional scholarship distinguished him among other applicants for the award. He was a Spanish and English major (as well as a French minor); served as an Alpha Leader, an Honors College Student Advisory Board member, a Writing Center consultant, and an Academic Integrity Peer Counselor; and participated in APU-sponsored mission trips to Thailand and Mexico. Soria also spent a semester in the APU Oxford Summer Programme and has presented research at 14 local, regional, national, and international conferences, including the North American Christian Foreign Language Association Conference and the University of California, Berkeley, Comparative Literature Undergraduate Research Symposium.

“Andrew is the third APU student to receive this prestigious three-year fellowship, which enables graduate students to explore the vocation of scholar-teacher in Christian higher education, affirms his hard work, and validates the quality of his APU education,” said David L. Weeks, Ph.D., dean of the Honors College. “It is great to see APU’s top students honored so frequently alongside graduates from Baylor, Notre Dame, and Boston College.”

Originally published in the Fall '14 issue of APU Life. Download the PDF or view all issues.