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Comparative Religion grad student receives Tolo Foundation award

December 21, 2023

Elizabeth Ferauge

Elizabeth Ferauge

In November 2023, Elizabeth Ferauge, a master’s degree candidate in Comparative Religion, received a $5,000 Dr. Eleanor Hadley Scholarship award from the Mortar Board Alumni/Tolo Foundation Scholarship Committee.

“I’m so grateful to the Hadley family for establishing this award – this scholarship will help me complete my M.A. studies in comparative religion and prepare for doctoral work, particularly in funding resources for language learning,” said Ferauge.

As a grad student in the Jackson School’s Comparative Religion program, Ferauge studies death, afterlife beliefs, and mortuary traditions in ancient Israel, as well as early Judaism and Christianity. Before coming to the UW, Ferauge earned her B.A. in psychology from McGill University, and her M.A. in counseling psychology from The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology, where she has worked as an assistant instructor.

She is working towards a career in academia and public scholarship, and hopes to continue teaching undergraduate and graduate students in the study of the afterlives of ancient religions in popular culture, particularly horror films.

Dr. Eleanor Hadley, for whom the scholarship is named, is recognized for her accomplishments as being one of General MacArthur’s key advisers on the Japanese economy following WWII, serving on the faculties of Smith College and George Washington University, authoring a highly respected book about Japan, enjoying a distinguished career with the United States government, and receiving the Sacred Treasure of the Third Order from the Emperor of Japan.