Scholar Profiles

Haley Ray Thompson '17
Posse Scholar
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: Sociology
Trinity Activities: Assistant Event Coordinator for the 
Trinity College Office of College Events; First-Year Seminar  Mentor; Student Admissions Associate;
Member of the Senior Class Gift Committee;
Ambassador for the Center for European Studies at Maastricht University, Netherlands
Recognition: President's Fellow, Sociology, 2016-17
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, with honors in Sociology
Career after graduation: Private Wealth Associate with Alliance Bernstein
When Haley came to Trinity, she did not know what she wanted to study and did not have a major in mind. Instead, she took courses in 12 different departments before settling on sociology as her major. “There is a phenomenal education here. I was able to explore all of my interests and learn what I was passionate about,” she says. Even after that, she was able to continue to take a variety of courses she says she will never forget. A few of those courses were Social Class and Mobility, Theater and Dance, Religion in the City, and Art and the Public Good. Haley also really enjoyed serving as a first-year mentor for Professor Christopher Hager’s Letter-Email-Text-Message!

One of the most important experiences Haley had during her time as an undergraduate was studying abroad at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Haley took the opportunity to immerse herself in the life and culture of the little city she lived in to the point where people at the bank and the local coffee shop knew her by name. She learned so much by living day-to-day in a culture completely different from her own.

Working for the Events office gave Haley a unique perspective of the College—“It enabled me to interact with so many departments on campus that otherwise I would never have known existed. Getting to know all of these people and being a part of these events made me even more invested in Trinity.” An iconic moment for Haley was being a part of President Joanne Berger-Sweeney’s inauguration. “I don’t think I will ever forget standing in the rafters of Koeppel … It was my first role in a Trinity historical event.”

Attending a Trinity Club of Chicago Welcome Reception lead to a connection with Elizabeth Krebs ’92, a financial advisor in Chicago, who hired Haley to work for her company for the next two summers. The experience Haley gained working with Elizabeth lead to her position post-graduation working for Alliance Bernstein in New York as a Private Wealth Associate.

Haley attributes having her transformative Trinity experience to being a Posse Scholar. “I thank my donors for believing in, and supporting the Posse Program. It does so much important work.”

   Katie Tully '16
   Sam and Dora Schneider Scholar
   Hometown: Manchester, NH
   Major: Biochemistry
   Minor: Classical Antiquity
   Degree: Bachelor of Science
   Trinity Activities: American Medical Student Association, Rock  
   Climbing Club, secretary of Beta Beta Beta, teaching assistant in the 
   sciences, chemistry research
  "The opportunity for me to attend Trinity was made available because
   of my scholarship. As a recipient of the Sam and Dora Schneider
  Scholarship I have had so many great opportunities at Trinity. The outstanding education that I received here has prepared me to enter into a Ph.D. program in pharmacology in the fall.

It’s truly eye opening when a complete stranger makes the decision to support your education just out of the goodness of their heart. This realization made me strive for excellence in my academics during my time here. My family and I really didn’t believe that coming to a school like Trinity would be financially possible. It was the generosity of a stranger that made this dream a reality.

My advice to first-year students entering the Scholars Program is to write a thank-you letter! These donors don’t have any obligation to us, and yet they choose to be philanthropic to support our education. Also, make sure to attend the Scholars Reception and speak with the donors in attendance. As a first-year especially it was heartwarming to learn how much these people loved Trinity and it further affirmed my decision to attend the College. I hope to one day give back and support a hard-working Trinity student through scholarship myself."

   Hyungsun (Chloe) Cho ’15
   Charles Byron and Ila Bassett Spofford Scholar

   Hometown: Vienna, VA
   Majors: Economics and Political Science
   Thesis: FDI and Income Inequality in Southeast Asia
   Degree: Bachelor of Science
   Trinity Activities: Member of I-House and AASA, Relay for Life, on the editorial
    board for The Trinity Papers

   Now working as:
A research assistant for the Center on Budget and Policy 
   Priorities, a think tank in Washington, DC

   “I wouldn’t have been able to afford a college education if it weren’t for the 
    scholarships and other forms of financial assistance that Trinity provided. Trinity
   also helped me study abroad in England, which would have been extremely expensive without financial aid. My time abroad really shaped me into the person I am now. Studying at Oxford and traveling all over Europe changed the way I look at things and also helped me find my passion in international development.

I am realizing that during interviews, I talk a lot about my experience of writing a senior thesis, which I know I wouldn’t have had elsewhere. Trinity’s liberal arts education, small class size, and amazing faculty have given me opportunities that I wouldn’t have imagined in high school, both inside and outside class. I met my best friend in my freshman seminar. I traveled all around the world. I was deeply inspired by several professors who are so passionate about what they teach. I grew and learned a lot about myself. Most importantly, I had fun. The past four years of my life have been incredible and I wouldn’t change my experience at Trinity for anything else — and it is all thanks to my donors who supported me throughout my college years. I am enormously grateful for everything they and Trinity have done for me. “