Past & Present Curb Scholars

2017-18 Curb Scholars

Rachel Anand, Curb Scholar

Rachel Anand


Like paper slips that she formed and folded into a sphere, Rachel is a complex and dependable woman. She enjoys mixing and swirling colors together. She finds joy in her own creations and sharing them with others.


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Riley Beal


Riley is an out-of-the-box thinker, improviser, and engineer from Santa Rosa, California. He enjoys analyzing problems from the perspective of human needs and believes in verb solutions over noun solutions. His hobbies include poetry, short stories, and food.

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Austin Channell


Austin is a native of Columbus, Ohio and interested in civil engineering and science communication. He enjoys taking on the task of understanding thorny, difficult problems in hopes of then being able to translate them into terms understandable by others.

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Spencer Channell


As a composer, Spencer is interested in exploring all aspects of sound and music in the pursuit of writing a story that sheds light on an aspect of the human condition in the face of adversity. Although his linear approach to a largely creative passion may seem atypical, Spencer’s structured exploration of abstract concepts and the nature of form provide unique insights that drive him as a creative.

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Treena Chaudhuri


Treena is an engineering major and is interested in the creative aspects of coding and music. In addition to her computer science studies, she is also pursuing a double major in Voice at Blair and is also interested in playwriting as well.

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Barton Christmas


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Serena Deutch


Serena comes to Nashville from Boca Raton, Florida. Serena is interested in transforming the average into the personal, which reveals her desire to put meaning into her daily life and the lives of others.

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Jacob Fine


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Sydney Juda


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Sawyer Lawrence


Sawyer is an Imagineer majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a passion for theater tech.  He enjoys the intersection of art and science evident in mechanical design, enthusiastic about classic airplanes and explosives.

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Clay Leddin


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Sophia Lee


Sophia is from Corpus Christi, Texas, studying within the College of Arts and Science. As a person who likes finding solutions to tough math and science problems, she strives to challenge herself. In addition, she has passions for film and media; she has worked on a news team and continues to create video book reviews on her own. Sophia upholds the values of respect, representation, and inclusion. As an innovator, she hopes to continue improving the world around her.

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Jackson Mejia


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Ben Osterlund


Ben is a native of Evanston, IL who is double majoring in Public Policy Studies and Human Organizational Development, with a minor in Spanish. He strives every day to be a better servant leader, and hopes to inspire and create macro-level societal change through socially conscious business initiatives and equitable policy solutions.

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Ben Scheer


Ben is studying Economics and Human & Organizational Development at Vanderbilt with an interest in using his many talents in photography, music, and coding to benefit other people as much as he can.

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Griffin Schwab


Griffin is from Millburn, New Jersey and is majoring in English and Human & Organizational Development in the College of Arts and Sciences. His background in jazz drumming, song writing, and sound creation fuels his strive to be a studio engineer.

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Sam Stollenwerck


Sam is a double-major in Economics and Human and Organization Development. Utilizing a refined, creative approach, Sam aims to venture beyond myopic social standards in order to see the big picture and innovate for the future.

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Mallory Strom


Mallory is a music composition student with a second major in mathematics. She finds great joy in discovering connections between these two fields, and in challenging herself to expand her understanding of music through the lens of mathematics and vice versa.

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Jonathan Tari


As a lover of photography, Jonathan is a fun and lively individual who appreciates the beauty of the world. He is naturally active and does not like to waste time but is also easygoing and engaging.

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Harrison Thomas


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Rose Thompson


Rose is in the MA5 Program, where she is earning a 4-Year Bachelor of Music (Vocal Performance w/ Violin Minor) & 1-year Master of Education. Highlights of her time at Vandy include starting & running a school orchestra program at Harding Academy, serving as President of her beloved music sorority Sigma Alpha Iota, and fulfilling the role of Alto Section Leader in Vanderbilt’s Chorale. Rose is passionate about teaching kids to love music, themselves, and their world.

Past Curb Scholars 

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Ardis Choi

Class of 2017

Ardis is from Seoul, South Korea. While at Vanderbilt she majored in physics and mathematics and her passions include writing and doodling. Ardis conceptualizes her work through a series of abstractions that develop into an imaginative creature that gives her inspiration.

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Grace Cowan

Class of 2017

Grace is a creative individual with a flair for embracing difference and risk in her work as an artistic entrepreneur for her community.  She co-founded a student-run business service and has also led a mentoring program.

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Ben Knight

Class of 2017

Ben is a creative entrepreneur who is committed to using his gifts as a writer, artist, and musician to make change in the world.  Not only has Ben led his high school student body in fundraising and mentoring projects, he also founded Ben Knight Media, a multi-media video editing service, in his sophomore year of high school.

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Anthony Maina

Class of 2017

From Kenya to South Africa to Nashville, Anthony was a stylish computer science major deeply immersed in different cultures. Tony plans to start his own ventures, using his core values of integrity, courage, and character to instigate world change.

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Celina Miranda

Class of 2017

Celina grew up with a guitar in her lap and a piano at her fingertips, making music as a mode of communication.

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Lily Pollack

Class of 2017

Lily was double-major in Flute Performance and Communication Studies at Blair School of Music. She invests herself fully in the hidden lives of those around her, clocking the emotional mindscape of her surroundings at any given moment and harnessing the energy locked behind the eyes of passersby.

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Matthew Thompson

Class of 2017

Matthew, from Cape Girardeau, Missouri, was an English Literature major while at Vanderbilt. He enjoys writing short fiction, playing the flute, and studying literature in any form, from Shakespeare to modern genres like hip-hop.

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Megan Wei

Class of 2017

Megan was a viola performance and composition major at the Blair School of Music. She is an aspiring film/TV composer and hopes to use her passion for music technology to compose soundtracks for motion picture and feature films.

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Vinura Welgama

Class of 2017

Vinura is the co-founder of Starmount Events, an event management company that brings concert performances to the public.  He puts his skills as a writer, debater, and entrepreneur to work on pressing social issues in his home of Sri Lanka, creating and spearheading a wide range of projects aimed at improving the daily life of Sri Lankan students, orphans, and members of the LGBT community.