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Princeton senior receives Witherspoon Scholarship

May 19th, 2016
Sonya Hayden. Photo courtesy of Sonya Hayden.


Princeton University senior Sonya Hayden has been awarded a Witherspoon Scholarship to study theater at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Established last spring, the scholarship honors the historic ties between Princeton and Edinburgh, highlighting the role of John Witherspoon at both institutions, and is awarded annually to a Princeton senior. Hayden is expected to begin her studies at Edinburgh in September.

A native of Charlottesville, Virginia, Hayden is a music major who is also earning a certificate in theater. She said she will pursue her interest in playwriting at Edinburgh.

"[T]he opportunity to immerse myself in an international theater scene and learn about the similarities and differences between U.K. and U.S. theater is exciting," Hayden wrote in her application. "I … am confident that the structure of the Edinburgh program will allow me to find my artistic voice and discover engaging ways to tell the stories about which I am passionate."

After Edinburgh, Hayden plans to continue writing plays and musicals, composing music, and working in theater professionally.

Read the full story on News at Princeton.

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