Carnegie Mellon Drama Student Wins Javits Fellowship
For Graduate Study in the Arts and Humanities
PITTSBURGH — Dale Fanning, a graduate student in the Carnegie Mellon University School of Drama's lighting design program, won the Jacob K. Javits Fellowship for graduate study in the arts, humanities or social sciences. A panel of academicians and scholars selected Fanning based on his achievements, future promise and financial needs.
The fellowship, offered by the U.S. Department of Education, may be renewed for up to four years or to the completion of the degree and provides funding and a stipend for students doing graduate work. Based on need, the fellowship recipient receives a stipend up to $30,000 and the school receives a payment of $12,627 toward tuition.
"It is significant that a student at the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama has earned national recognition for excellence through an award that is not specific to theatre or to the discipline — lighting design — that Dale is studying," said Elizabeth Bradley, head of the School of Drama. "In our view this honor acknowledges not only the sterling quality of this emerging professional but speaks volumes about the vigor, breadth and depth of the education offered in the Drama School. We are very proud that Dale has distinguished himself in this significant way," she said.
Fanning has worked on several School of Drama productions. He will be the lighting designer for "Don Carlos" in April 2008. In previous years, he was the lighting designer for "3 Ways to Tie a Noose" and "Chasing the Dragon."
The Javits Fellowship is named after New York Senator Jacob K. Javits, who died in 1986. Well known for his advocacy for education and the arts, Javits served in the Senate from 1957 to 1981 and received a Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1983.