Megan Colnar Named a Watson Fellow


Publication Date: 3/26/2008

Rhodes senior Megan Colnar of San Antonio, Texas, has been named a Watson Fellow, a prestigious designation that includes a $25,000 stipend to be used for travel and study abroad 2008-2009. Colnar is one of only 50 fellows chosen.

“I have been given the opportunity to study a topic profoundly important to me and spend a year defining and redefining the impact of reconciliation in the modern nonviolence movement,” says Colnar.

Her project, “In Peaces: Nonviolence and Reconciliation Movements” will take her to India, South Africa, Rwanda, Chile, and Northern Ireland. At Rhodes, Colnar has a double major in international studies and Latin American studies, and she has studied abroad before in São Paulo, Brazil. “Megan’s success in this fierce competition speaks to her commitment to and passion for her project, as well as the fine education she has received at Rhodes,” says Dr. Michael Drompp, Dean of Academic Affairs for Post-graduate Fellowships.

Through service, Colnar has built connections with the student body, the Rhodes community at large, and in the city of Memphis. On campus, she has worked on peace, justice and environment initiatives; served as a member of the Recycling Work Group and secretary of the Mid-south Model United Nations; and been involved in V-Day, the international organization whose mission is to stop violence against women. As a 2006 Summer Service Fellow, Colnar worked with the Memphis Votes and Democracy Now campaigns to register typically disenfranchised voters in the Memphis area.
Colnar is a graduate of Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio, Texas. She is the daughter and stepdaughter of Debbie Smith and Todd Smith of San Antonio and the  daughter of William Colnar of Kansas City, Kansas.