For Immediate Release: April 23 , 2007
Contact: Marsha Nishi Mullan
Swarthmore Sophomore Wins Goldwater Scholarship
Eric Astor of Middletown, N.J., a sophomore at Swarthmore College, has been named a Goldwater Scholar for 2007. The son of Stacey Prager and Andrew Astor, he is a 2005 graduate of the Ranney School in Tinton Falls.
As a recipient of the scholarship, Astor will receive up to $7,500 per year toward his undergraduate expenses. He was selected for the award, named for Senator Barry M. Goldwater, on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,110 mathematics, science, and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. Astor, who has a double major in physics and honors mathematics, was one of 317 undergraduates to receive this honor. Jeremy Freeman, a junior at Swarthmore from Buffalo, N.Y., also received a Goldwater Scholarship this year.
At Swarthmore, Astor is the president of Free Culture Swarthmore, a chapter of a national student organization advocating creative expression and copyright reform. He is also a member of Cantatrix, an early music a cappella group, as well as the Swarthmore College Chorus.