Classmates selected for Dominican Scholars at Oxford University program

When Jake Quast ’19 and Sophia Stetson ’19 arrived at Dominican, they became teammates and friends on the golf team. In the fall, they will be classmates at Oxford University in England.

Jake, a business finance major and pre-law minor, and Sophia, a business marketing major and political science minor, have been selected as the latest recipients of the Thomas and Joanne Peterson Endowed Scholarship for Dominican Scholars at Oxford.

Both students were nominated by Dominican faculty to participate in the unique program offered by Dominican and St. Catherine’s College, one of the University of Oxford’s 44 autonomous colleges and permanent private halls.

“When you hear Oxford you don’t expect someone you know to be able to go study there, and you really don’t expect that person to be you,” Jake says. “Just to be nominated is an honor, but to be accepted is surreal.”

The program was announced in 2015 by Dominican President Mary B. Marcy, who earned her doctorate and master’s degrees in political science from Oxford. Since then, six Dominican undergraduates have studied at Oxford at Dominican Scholars.

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Jake and Sophia will study using the tutorial method, a unique and highly personalized style of instruction that is the central feature of an Oxford education.  Jake, who aims to go to law school, will study business finance and criminal justice at Oxford. Sophia will delve into British politics during World War II.

Both students have been active and engaged members of the Dominican community since their freshman year. Thanks to faculty encouragement and recommendations, Jake already has engaged in three internships. Sophia also has participated in three internships so far, including a summer internship in the office of California Congressman Devin Nunez (R-CA 22nd District).

Both Sophia and Jake were drawn to Dominican by its small class sizes, its sense of community, and its reputation. Jake did his research before coming to Dominican.

“When I looked at students’ graduating GPA and read about what they were doing once they graduated, I was impressed, Jake says. “Dominican has blown me away from what I expected a college to be.”

Sophia concurs.

“There are so many people at this school who are so willing to support you and to back you and be in your corner,” Sophia says, “They believe in the students at Dominican. That goes back to the close relationships we have with our professors.”


March 7, 2017