Sondheim Scholars in the News

Kelsey Krach ’14, anthropology

The April 27, 2021 UMBC Magazine included a feature and interview with Sondheim alumna Kelsey Krach and Delali Dzirasa ‘04, computer engineering. Check out the story and video where they discuss their work at Fearless, a digital services software company built on the ideas of community partnerships and service and the inspiration that began during their time at UMBC.

Asif Majid ’13, interdisciplinary studies

An article, Pursuing Art and Peace Through Theatre of Ideas, on Asif appears in the November 5, 2020 issue of UMBC Magazine.  To learn more about how a fellow Sondheim navigates the challenges of COVID-19 and explores new ways to serve, click here:

Stefanie Mavronis ’12, political science and media and communication studies

The Baltimore native, Sondheim Scholar and UMBC grad outlines her trajectory and growth that began at UMBC and has placed her in a key role on Baltimore mayor, Brandon Scott’s communications team:

Susan Keen ’10, anthropology and political science

Susan Keen, and fellow Sondheim Theresa Bruce, ‘09 political science and social work are featured in UMBC Magazine’s January 25, 2021 video series “Retriever Educators are Everywhere”. To learn more about these educators, including video clips and accomplishments after graduation, visit:

Theresa Bruce ’09, political science and social work

Read about Theresa’s journey from Sondheim Scholar to runner up for 2020 Baltimore City Teacher of the Year in the December 7th issue of UMBC Magazine: 

Kristina Gaddy ’09 history and modern languages & linguistics 

Kristina has given back to the program as a guest speaker in the Sondheim Scholars’ writing course a couple years ago.  Her book, Flowers in the Gutter: The True Story of the Edelweiss Pirates, Teenagers Who Resisted the Nazis was published earlier this year.  To read more about Kristina, check out her story in the March 2020 issue of UMBC Magazine.

Aaron Merki ’05, political science

Aaron co-founded the nonprofit organization, Free State Legal after graduation and helped win coverage of transition-related care for transgender state employees under their state health plans. Aaron works as managing director of programs and grants at The Weinberg Foundation.  Learn more about Aaron’s journey and how meeting Walter Sondheim remains an inspiration to today’s work:

From UMBC News and Magazine

Scholar-athlete shines a light on mental health

Courtney Coppersmith Degree: B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Minors: Philosophy and Emergency Health Services Hometown: York, PA Plans: Graduate degree in chemistry “I still...

Posted: May 17, 2022, 12:56 PM

Advocate for self-discovery and inclusion 

Danylo Leshchyshyn Degree: B.A., History and Political Science (certificate in Security Studies) Hometown: Columbia, MD Plans: M.A. in History, University of Toronto “The most valuable...

Posted: May 17, 2022, 10:23 AM