Seattle University Class of 2013 graduate, Eva V. Jacobson, was honored with the English Department McDonald Award presented by the Seattle University School of Arts & Sciences Faculty. "Eva is graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in English and is among the department’s best natural writers," according to the faculty statement. "Her writing is clear, well-organized, detailed, and interesting with a strong jargon-free personal voice. She is an exceptionally acute close reader of passages and uses her close readings to make complex, subtle arguments about characters and ideas. She also accurately reads the theoretical and scholarly literature, understands the theoretical or critical debates that she is joining, and stakes out her own positions in a sophisticated way. She writes powerful exploratory pieces and at all times demonstrates mature intellectual engagement. She exemplifies the kind of academic achievement and intensity that characterizes the McDonald Award."
Graduating Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors, Jacobson, a Woodinville High School 2010 graduate, completed her bachelor of arts degree in three years, with a major in English and a minor in women & gender studies. Eva credits her WHS English and AP instructors in preparing her for vigorous studies, while she took advantage of the WHS/UW College in the High School opportunity and AP classes, which made it possible to accelerate the completion of her degree.
Jacobson, the daughter of Brenda Vanderloop and Paul Jacobson of Woodinville, just returned from a summer Women’s Studies program in London and the UK and is in the midst of preparations for her graduate studies.