Shimer College

December 09, 2013

The Dangerous Optimist’s Transfer Scholarship Winner Announced

The recipient is Lance Carroll of Omaha, Nebraska

Shimer College is pleased to announce that Lance Carroll of Omaha, Nebraska is the recipient of the Dangerous Optimist’s Transfer Scholarship, a two-year, full-tuition scholarship for admitted transfer students.

Carroll, who has attended several different institutions of higher education, says he was attracted to the educational approach at Shimer, in which open-ended questioning is itself a goal.

“I have had an idealized notion of what education ought to be: neither career-training nor ivory-tower-climbing. I don’t want to sacrifice broad swathes of learning in the pursuit of a hyper-specialization, nor do I want to know just a little about a lot of things: I want to know a lot about a lot of things. I am humbled to receive The Dangerous Optimist’s Scholarship.”

Carroll’s application essay on Adrienne Rich’s text “Split at the Root” and his interview with a faculty member made his application stand out among a talented pool of candidates.

Barbara Stone, Dean of the College, is pleased to be offering the Dangerous Optimist’s Scholarship for the first time this year. “The scholarship is designed with the transfer student taking charge of his or her education in mind. The application essay is about courage. These students who have had college experience elsewhere are in a particularly good position to take on the challenges of a Shimer education.”

Read more about the scholarship here.