Bridgewater College Presents 2021 Philomathes Society Awards

Three Bridgewater College students, Caroline Antonio, Kaitlin Grace Fotis and Zionna Holman, received scholarships from the Philomathes Society, the college’s scholastic honor society.

The scholarships are presented to members of the Philomathes Society who are selected by the executive committee.

Antonio and Fotis each received a Graduate Study Scholarship. The award reflects the Philomathes Society’s investment in lifelong learning by honoring seniors who plan to enter graduate school immediately following graduation.

Antonio, a business administration major, is from Stafford, Va. She is the daughter of Kimberly Cort of Stafford, Va., and Garfield Antonio of Crofton, Md. Antonio is a member of Sigma Beta Delta, a national business honor society.

She has served as an Eagles Success mentor and event coordinator for the Black Student Association. She is a founding member of the Career Services Advisory Board.

Fotis, a health and exercise science major, is the daughter of Mark and Kari Fotis of Yorktown, Va. Fotis is a member of the college’s Flory Honors Program. She served three years as a member of the Honors Council, including one year as chair. She is a member of the Pre-health Society and served as an anatomy laboratory teacher’s assistant.

Fotis completed an honors research project titled “How the Symptoms and Conditions Associated with Diabetes Can Impact Mobility and Health of the Individual: A Literature Review.”

Holman received the Community Engagement Gift. This gift reflects the Philomathes Society’s desire to encourage intellectual curiosity, research and creativity by honoring a student who has been actively involved in a nonprofit community organization.

Holman, a senior health and exercise science major, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Derek Holman of Chesapeake, Va.

Holman served as vice president of the Black Student Association and was a member of the Latinx Student Association. She also served as an Eagle Success mentor during the 2018-19 academic year.

Following graduation on May 1, Antonio will pursue a master’s in management from The George Washington University. Fotis will pursue a doctor of physical therapy from Shenandoah University. Holman will join the U.S. Navy, where she will serve as an information systems technician.

The Philomathes Society encourages scholarly effort and honors students, faculty members and alumni who have achieved unusual distinction in the pursuit of knowledge. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher.

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