John R. Starr Wins Beinecke Scholarship

Starr, wearing a gray shirt and glasses, in front of a bookcase

Undergraduate student John R. Starr has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship worth $34,000 in support of his graduate education.

Starr, a third year student from Warminster, Pennsylvania, is currently completing a Bachelor of Philosophy degree in linguistics and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Writing, with a minor in Persian.  He plans to obtain a PhD in linguistics with a focus on Persian.

The Beinecke Scholarship Program “seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study in the arts humanities and social sciences.” Starr is one of eighteen students from across the country to receive the scholarship this year. This is the third consecutive year a Pitt student has received the prestigious scholarship.

In 2018, Starr completed a Brackenridge Summer Research Fellowship through Pitt Honors, where he researched the history of Chinese immigration to the United States, philosophical interpretations of identity and a wide range of literary forms. Starr also serves as musical director of “The Songburghs,” a co-ed a cappella group on Pitt’s campus. He is proficient in Spanish, Persian, Homeric Greek and Python.