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Paul Robeson Centennial Scholars

Julia Collucci
Major: English
Hometown: Somerville, NJ
Minor: Psychology, Creative Writing
Favorite Rutgers Moment: My favorite Rutgers moment actually happens every semester when I perform with the University Choir in the fall and spring concerts. I joined the ensemble my freshmen year and, ever since, I've made lifelong friends whom I've shared countless memories that I'll hold dear in my heart forever. Our concerts are the culmination of all the hard work and endless fun that goes into our rehearsals. I'm lucky to be not only a member but also the president of this outstanding organization and I cherish the moment when we stand on stage and sing together for all to hear.
What does it mean to be a Scholar?: Being a Paul Robeson Scholar means a lot to me on a personal level because, not only did I attend the same university as Robeson, but I also attended the same high school as he did. This fact made me realize that I am capable of following Robeson's example of achieving great success in anything I put my mind to, whether it be in academics, a career, or in hobbies like music. Knowing that I am a Paul Robeson Scholar reminds me of all the possible feats I can truly overcome.
Thesis Title: Reading a Book by its Cover: An Examination of the Frightening Inability to Detect True Identity in Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century Literature
Thesis Department: English


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The designation Paul Robeson Scholar is conferred upon School of Arts and Sciences students who have successfully defended a departmental or interdisciplinary senior thesis, as Paul Robeson himself did in 1919. An extraordinary student and Class of 1919 Valedictorian, Paul Robeson went on to become one of Rutgers University’s most distinguished alumni—as a renowned scholar, orator, performer, and human rights advocate. In honor of his legacy and achievements in the face of adversity, the School is proud to honor him each year as these Rutgers graduates follow in his footsteps.