Degen wins Luce prize to work in China
Posted April 24, 2006; 12:19 p.m.
Princeton senior Natasha Degen has been awarded a 2006 Luce Scholarship to spend next year in China, where she will work as an arts and entertainment editor for China Daily, an English-language newspaper based in Beijing.
Degen, an art history major from Rockville Centre, N.Y., has gained considerable journalism experience during her years at Princeton. She has served as managing editor for The Daily Princetonian student newspaper and written about a broad range of campus topics, including the arts. Degen also participated in internships with The Nation magazine, Artforum magazine and The Village Voice newspaper.
Among several grants and awards she has received, Degen won the Mary Quaintance Memorial Prize, awarded annually to an undergraduate for writing on cultural topics; a Martin Dale Summer Fellowship, which she used in 2004 to make a documentary film on the development of the World Trade Center memorial; and an Edwin Ferris Grant, which provides $3,000 for summer internships in writing, publishing or journalism.
Degen also has been a tour guide at the University Art Museum and a Forbes College undergraduate fellow.
In addition to studying art history, Degen is pursuing a certificate in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and in European cultural studies.
The Luce Scholars program, administered by the Henry Luce Foundation, annually provides stipends and internships for 15 young Americans to live and work in Asia. Dating from 1974, the program aims to increase awareness of Asia among future American leaders.