Experiential Learning

Bowden Student Fellowship in the Humanities

The Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowships in the Humanities honor a legendary Ransom Everglades career that began in 1955 and continued until Mr. Bowden's death on Sept. 14, 2018, while also providing an invaluable educational opportunity for select Ransom Everglades students.

For 63 years, Mr. Bowden served Ransom Everglades as an inspirational teacher of English, gifted educational administrator, valued advisor to the head of school, and most importantly, mentor to thousands of students and faculty. His unabashed love of language and literature, combined with a passionate and inspiring advocacy for the humanities, provided the intellectual foundation for generations of students.

That very passion and advocacy motivated these special fellowships. A generous endowment gift by Jeffrey Miller '79, who studied under Mr. Bowden, created the fellowship program in June 2016, allowing select students with a range of financial grants to pursue advanced summer studies in the humanities. All students in 11th grade are eligible to apply for Bowden fellowships to be used in the summer prior to their final year at Ransom Everglades. In the fall of their senior year, all Bowden fellows will present a summary of their research or project experience to the Ransom Everglades community and submit a written synopsis of their work.

The Bowden fellowship grants help support the expenses of advanced study in the humanities that may include, but not be restricted to, travel costs, fellowship related program fees and study materials. The Bowden Fellowship Committee, which until his death included Mr. Bowden, most favors proposals that project courage in the passionate pursuit of what makes us human.

2020 Bowden Fellows share their work during virtual assembly on Nov. 23, 2020

2019 Bowden Fellows engage in summer study

Ten seniors received 2019 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowships in the Humanities, enabling them to undertake ambitious projects in various humanities fields this past summer.

While all of the Bowden fellows spent their summers creating original work, their activities and ideas did not emerge without the input and inspiration of others. We are extremely thankful to Jeffrey Miller ’79, whose generous endowment gift to the school has created opportunities for our students that, in the words of one fellow, have been “life changing” and “otherwise would not have been possible.” We appreciate the work of the fellowship committee members — Dean of the Junior Class Tom Dughi, Associate Head of School John King, Humanities Department Chair Jen Nero, Assistant Dean for Student Activities Corinne Rhyner, Upper School History & Social Sciences Department Coordinator Jonathan Scholl, and Advisor to the Head of School Mr. Bowden himself, who took an active role in the fellowships until his death on Sept. 14, 2018  — as well as that of the parents, professionals, artists and alumni who engaged our fellows.

Dan Leslie Bowden’s sharp intellect and sense of humor, his high expectations coupled with caring and compassion, the humility of his teaching and the honest way he lived, and his deep curiosity about the humanities and his lifelong quest to come closer to knowing what is really meaningful made possible these fellowships. He also enhanced the lives of so many by encouraging them to hold themselves accountable to higher truths and to wonder. He helped to create the culture of learning at Ransom Everglades, where we all strive to help others be their best selves — intellectually, morally, aesthetically — that is, to embody at all times, the best of what it means to be human.
To contribute to the Dan Leslie Bowden Endowment in the Humanities, contact Director of Alumni Engagement Vicki Carbonell Williamson '88 via email.

Dan Leslie Bowden Fellowships in the Humanities

John A. King Jr., Associate Head of School

"From making films to doing international historical research to exploring more carefully the uniqueness of the human body itself, all of the fellows in their own way explored what it means to be human."


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  • Bowden Fellows - Class of 2021

    Eleven juniors named 2020 Bowden Fellows

    John A. King, Jr.
    Our transition to REmote School in March preempted the announcement of our Class of 2021 Dan Leslie Bowden Fellows in the Humanities. It gives me great pleasure to report to you now on the fourth group of scholars to whom we have awarded this fellowship to support advanced summer study in the humanities: Isabel Almada-Sabate '21, Sebastian Hicks '21, Ricky Andrade '21, Valeria Solorzano '21, Shuli Rosenfeld '21, Emma Rosenthal '21, Brooke Scott '21, Mateo Jolivert '21, Yuhan Liu '21 and the team of Danny Amron '21 and Kiran Desai '21.
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2017 Bowden Fellows share their work with peers during assembly on Oct. 10, 2017

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Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.