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Feder Family Scholarship

The Feder Family Scholarship was established by Daniel ’84 and Mary ’85 Feder to support political science students interested in studying American political thought or who wish to conduct research with political science faculty in the areas of American politics or American political thought. Recipients must have a GPA of 3.5 or greater.


Daniel and Mary (Howard) Feder met at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at the start of Mary’s freshman year and Dan’s sophomore year. As political science majors, they were able to take many of the same classes and had many professors and classmates in common. According to Daniel, “the political science department was a small community where we established many close relationships.” He and Mary wanted to give back to the University by establishing a scholarship to support other members of this community.

After UMass, Daniel attended Boston University Law School. He practiced law for nine years at a Hartford law firm and then at CIGNA Investment Management. He then pursued a master’s degree in economics at Trinity College and moved to the investment division at CIGNA. In 2000, he moved into endowment management at Princeton University and recently joined Covariance Capital (a subsidiary of TIAA-CREF) in Houston as a member of their senior investment team.

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Must demonstrate an interest in studying American political thought.


March 10, 2017


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