Local student awarded Monmouth College Stockdale Fellowship


MONMOUTH, Ill.- Julia Sterr, a freshman at Monmouth College, has been named a Stockdale Fellow.

The James and Sybil Stockdale Fellows Program is the most prestigious scholarship, leadership and enrichment program at Monmouth College. Stockdale Fellows participate in a comprehensive four-year leadership development program. Each Fellow will acquire the skills and characteristics to be able to lead and serve the larger community. 

Fellows are high-achieving students with strong moral character, a commitment to the common good and the potential for exceptional leadership.

 The program is named for Vice Admiral James Stockdale and his wife, Sybil. Known as an inspiring and courageous leader, Stockdale was a member of the Monmouth College Class 1946 and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy. In 1965 he was shot down over Southeast Asia and served nearly eight years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. Stockdale left the service as its most highly decorated member, having earned 26 personal combat decorations, one of which was the Congressional Medal of Honor.  He wrote seven books including the highly acclaimed memoir co-written with Sybil, “In Love and War: The Story of a Family’s Ordeal and Sacrifice During the Vietnam Years.” Stockdale was also a candidate for Vice President of the United States in the 1992 presidential election, on Ross Perot’s independent ticket.

 The daughter of Mark and Sue Sterr of Clinton, Julia plans to major in biochemistry.

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