Jacquelyn Grandy and Jessica Zisa Awarded Ph.D. Scholarships

Marylhurst alumni Jacquelyn Grandy and Jessica Zisa will start Ph.D. programs in fall 2017, complete with “full ride” graduate assistantship positions.

Jacquelyn Grandy, Class of 2016, Marylhurst UniversityJacquelyn Grandy ’16 received a full ride for the Ph.D. in Inquiry Methodology program at Indiana University. Jacquelyn will deepen her understanding of research methods and social inquiry, especially in the field of education.

Her doctoral work will focus largely on qualitative research methodology and identity representation in visual culture centered around the moving image. “In many ways, this is an extension of my undergraduate work in cultural studies, which often examined the representation and performativity of gender and race in film,” Jacquelyn said.

Jacquelyn was invited to apply for the Ph.D. program, despite the fact that she holds a bachelor’s degree, not a master’s degree. When asked about this rather unusual educational path, she explained: “I feel very prepared to enter a doctoral program, largely due to the constantly challenging coursework in my major at Marylhurst, a wonderful internship that instilled a great deal confidence in my abilities, and amazingly supportive and inspiring faculty members. Together these factors not only aided me in being accepted to Indiana, but also being awarded a faculty doctoral fellowship and a graduate assistantship at the Indiana University Cinema.”

Jessica Zisa, Class of 2013, Marylhurst University

Jessica Zisa ’13 will attend University of California-Santa Barbara to pursue her Ph.D. in Medieval Literature. Jessica is a former ballerina whose educational path played out like scenes in a ballet: first community college, then a bachelor’s degree at Marylhurst, followed by a master’s degree at New York University, and now a Ph.D., with full scholarship and teaching assistantship at UC Santa Barbara. She will continue her medieval literature and feminist studies, drawing on the work she did while at Marylhurst.

“I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my Marylhurst professors and the strong foundation they helped me build,” Jessica said.

Dr. Meg Roland, chair of the Department of Literature & Art at Marylhurst University, praised both scholars. “These are fantastic graduate assistantship positions that each has received, highly competitive and prestigious,” she said.

Jacquelyn Grandy earned her bachelor’s degree from Marylhurst University in 2016, majoring in cultural studies. Jessica Zisa completed her B.A. in English Literature & Writing in 2013.