Congratulations to EWU McNair Scholar Brendan Roof! Brendan has been awarded the Carol Kabat Baumann Scholarship. This scholarship is for juniors or seniors majoring in education, with a public school emphasis and GPA’s at or above a 3.0. Brendan is a first-generation student majoring in Secondary English Education. He was raised in Ketchikan, Alaska and Memphis, Tennessee. He is interested in researching the pre-colonial traditions, customs, and socio-political history across Philippine literature, familial dynamics and themes in Pan-Asian literature, and the socio-economic influence of the Filipino diaspora. His 2023 summer research internship will be under the mentorship of Dr. Paul Lindholdt. He is researching how Carlos Bulosan, and his seminal work, America Is In The Heart, are an illustration of the complications of truth and morality in regards to Filipinos in the early 20th century. EWU McNair is proud of Brendan and happy to see his intellectual curiosity, high aspirations, and hard work rewarded!