The Townshend Scholarship is awarded to academically talented incoming freshmen in the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences. Students are notified of this award after they have been admitted to the University of Maryland, but prior to enrolling. No additional application materials are required beyond application to the University. This Scholarship is renewable annually for students who meet the scholarship's academic criteria. 

The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences is pleased to present its current Townshend Scholars:

Nicholas Koven (2015-2019)
Nick is a senior from Brooklyn, New York, pursuing two degrees in Criminology & Criminal Justice and Psychology. Nick is in the Honors College and, as a member of the Criminology Honors Program, has done an extensive amount of research on policing theories and practices. In his time at the University of Maryland, Nick has completed internships with a winning U.S. Senate Campaign, the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and the New York City Police Department. Nick currently volunteers with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, where he works with domestic violence victims and supervises a team of volunteers. Nick has spent two years with the CARE to Stop Violence Office as an educator and advocate, providing information and resources to the campus community and survivors of sexual assault & power-based violence. You can also find Nick at the Eppley Recreation Center where he works as a Head Lifeguard. Nick spends his free time working out and listening to rock music.
Caroline Larkin (2016- present) 
Caroline is a junior majoring in government and politics and a recipient of the Townshend Scholars Award. Outside of class, she is involved in Air Force ROTC, the Student Government Association as a Behavioral & Social Sciences Legislator, the University Honors Program and is a candidate for the Arnold Air Society. Besides the Townshend Scholarship, she has received the UMD Dean's Scholarship and an ROTC scholarship. She volunteers as a lacrosse coach within her community and gives back with her other cadets through Arnold Air Society activities. After graduation, she plans to attend law school and serve our country as a member of the JAG CORPS in the Air Force. Afterwards, she hopes to continue a career in law, or in politics as an elected official.
Anne Mohler (2016 – present)
Anne Mohler is a junior majoring in government and politics and Persian studies. She is a member of the Advanced Cybersecurity Experience for Students (ACES) Honors College and the Persian Flagship Program, and works as a reporter for Roshangar, an undergraduate journal in the field of Persian studies. In addition to this, she is deeply involved in a number of Persian cultural clubs on campus, as well as in the Cybersecurity Connect mentorship program. She is a 2017 recipient of the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Critical Language Scholarship. This award encompasses eight weeks of intensive language study in an immersive environment. In Anne's case, the language is Persian and the environment is Dushanbe, Tajikistan. After graduation, Anne hopes to use her language skills in the service of the United States as a member of the U.S. Foreign Service. She believes this career path will provide her with a chance to utilize the language skills she will have acquired throughout her academic career, and with the opportunity to expand upon her linguistic and cultural knowledge.
Sam Nass (2016- present)
Sam is a junior Government and Politics major with an International Relations concentration. Outside of class, he is involved in AIESEC at Maryland, an international student-led exchange organization. He also works in IT for UMD's engineering and physics departments. In addition to the BSOS Townshend Scholarship, Sam is a recipient of the President's Scholarship. Previously he interned at A Wider Circle, a non-profit organization in Silver Spring which assists impoverished families in the DC metro area. After graduation, Sam hopes to continue non-profit work, helping to tackle global humanitarian issues and protect human rights. 
Manisha Sunil (2016-2019)
Manisha Sunil is a junior Government and Politics major with a concentration in International Relations. She is a member of the Honors College, in the University Honors program, and has departmental honors in the Government major. Outside of the classroom, Manisha is a Community Advocate for the University Student Judiciary, and is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-law Fraternity. Previously, Manisha interned with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender. She also completed a policy proposal project to further amend the cash bail system for non-violent offenders and she plans to further her research and advocacy dealing with this issue. In Fall 2016, she was named to the BSOS Distinguished Dean's List of Outstanding Students. After graduation, Manisha plans to attend law school, and hopes to one day work in Annapolis within the Maryland state government.  
Reid Buskirk (2017-present)
Reid Buskirk is a sophomore double majoring in Government & Politics - International Relations and English. He is originally from Frostburg, MD in the Appalachian Mountains. Outside of class, Reid is Parliamentarian and Director of the Constitution in Bylaws Committee in the Student Government Asscoiation (SGA). He is also a member of Alpha Lambda Delta & Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society. In addition to being a Townshend Scholar, he is also a recipient of the President's Scholar Award. Reid works extensively with the SGA, UMD, and other B1G schools to improve the mental health resources on campus. He hopes to bring a number of improvements and projects to the mental wellness community at UMD in the coming years. After graduation, Reid plans to attend law school to focus on Constitutional Law. He hopes to join the foreign service later in his life, acting as a diplomat for the US to contribute to stability and cooperation in the world.
Cailin O'Toole (2017 – present)
Tiffany Tran (2017-present)
Tiffany Tran is a double major in anthropology and computer science. Tiffany is a member of Design Cultures and Creativity (DCC), a program within the Honors College dedicated to the exploration and implementation of emerging technologies. She serves on DCC's student council, organizing team-building activities, social functions, and professional development events. In the past, she has volunteered for the Maryland Cybersecurity Center's Cybersecurity and Cybersafety Workshop to introduce middle-school girls to cybersecurity and computer science concepts. She is a National Merit Scholar and a Townshend Scholar. She made the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' Distinguished Dean's List of Outstanding Students for the fall of 2017. After graduation, she plans to enter the technology industry equipped with an anthropological perspective that will help her design and create products that will better meet clients' needs and provide solutions to society's most pressing challenges.
Christian Ackermann
Christian Ackermann (2018 – present)
Christian Ackermann is a freshman Economics major. He is originally from La Paz, Bolivia, but has been a resident of Maryland for half of his life. In addition to the Townshend Scholarship, Christian is a recipient of the Baneker/Key Scholarship, as well as a member of the University Honors Living and Learning program. In his time in High School, Christian participated in various internships at the World Bank, European Union, IMF, IDB, and United Nations. He is also a dedicated tennis player, and was a member of his high school varsity team. After graduation, Christian plans to attend law school and eventually return to Bolivia to work in international development.


The College of Behavioral & Social Sciences is pleased to present its Townshend Scholars Alumni:

  • Sam Besse '18