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W&L Senior Charles Zachariades Awarded R&A Ransome Scholarship

Charlie Zachariades, of Chatham, N.J., a senior at Washington and Lee University, was awarded a 2016 R&A Ransome Scholarship for a one-year master’s program in global health implementation at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland.

Zachariades, a neuroscience major, was one of three scholars selected for the Ransome Scholarship. The scholarship provides support for full tuition, residential university costs or private residential costs, a book allowance and a travel allowance.

“I studied at St. Andrews my junior year, and I really fell in love with the school, the country and the people so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to go back,” said Zachariades. “I found out about the master’s program in global health implementation through its medical school website—it should help me decide whether I want to attend medical school or physician’s assistant school. To say I was pleasantly surprised when awarded the scholarship would be an understatement.”

“Charlie was a great addition to my research team,” said Sarah Blythe, associate professor of biology. “He has strong leadership skills, and he invested time in trying to make projects work better. I have known Charlie since his first year at W&L when he was a student in a class of mind. It’s been so rewarding to watch him grow as both a student and a researcher. He truly loved his time at St. Andrews, so I am truly pleased that he gets to return and work towards his master’s degree. “

Zachariades is a member of W&L’s varsity track and field team, serving as team captain his junior and senior years. He was All-Conference 4×400, Academic All-Conference team and is a W&L scholar-athlete. He is a member of the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra, a member of Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society and is a staff photographer and contributing writer for The Stone, an interdisciplinary academic journal.

He served as an emergency medicine research intern at the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and as a medical intern with Richmond Term Shadowing. Since 2014, he has also done neurobiological research in Blythe’s research lab.

The Dr. Ernest L. Ransome III Scholarship was initially established in 1994 as a way for the friends and associates of Ernest Ransome to recognize his commitment to philanthropy, education and athletics. The scholarship’s mission is to enrich the experience of deserving postgraduate students by affording them the opportunity to attend the University of St. Andrews in St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland. In 2015, the scholarship was renamed The R&A Ransome Scholarship.