"Being a Belk Scholar, you get to campus and you think that you need to invest yourself in a  certain kind of way. I took that pretty seriously and it propelled me into a kind of trajectory that I might not have had otherwise. "


Mac at-a-glance

Major: Religion


  • Ph.D. candidate at John Hopkins University, studying medical anthropology
  • Lived in Iraq and Lebanon for a year researching how conflict affects health and healthcare
  • Served as Student Government Association President and held many other student leadership roles 
  • Spent a semester studying political science, art history and theatre at a university in Mendoza, Argentina

Used Belk stipends to:

  • Study Spanish language and culture in Quito, Ecuador