Two UT juniors—Benjamin Brock and Adam LaClair—have been named 2015 Goldwater Scholars.
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R. J. Vogt, a Haslam Scholar and senior in the College Scholars program, has won a Princeton in Asia fellowship that will allow him to spend at least a year working at a bilingual newspaper in the country of Myanmar. Vogt, of Nashville will leave in August to work at the Myanmar Times, a weekly newspaper that is transitioning to a daily. He’ll be living in Yangon, the city formerly known as Rangoon.
Weekly, the world gathers around their television to tune in to shows depicting the Oval Office and Washington, D.C., but Julia Ross, a UT senior, was in the heart of the action as an intern in the nation’s capital.
UT’s Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships has made some changes to better serve the growing number of students interested in applying for major awards. In an effort to increase visibility and be more accessible, ONSF—which has its main office in the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy—now has a satellite office in Hodges Library.
Ediobong “Edi” Ebiefung, a senior, has been chosen as one of forty students from the United States to participate in the 2014 Humanity in Action Fellowship. He will be going to Amsterdam. “The opportunity means a lot to me, and I am honored that I was selected,” said Ebiefung, who was born and raised in Chattanooga, the son of parents who emigrated from Nigeria.
Four UT students participated in the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative University conference which took place at Arizona State University March 21–23. Seniors Brianna Rader and Jacob Clark, sophomore Summer Awad, and freshman Anagha Uppal were among more than 1,000 students who were chosen to attend because of their innovative social ventures aimed at confronting some of the world’s most urgent challenges.
Summer Awad, an anthropology student who just finished her freshman year, grew up hearing Arabic spoken at home but was never fluent in it herself. That may change this summer when she spends eight weeks in Nizwa, Oman, on a US State Department Critical Language Scholarship. Critical Language Scholarships give college students the opportunity to study abroad and take intensive courses in languages US student don’t often study—non-Western European languages that are crucial to US foreign relations.
Brian Conlon, a senior, is one of fifty students nationwide who have been awarded the Udall Scholarship, which recognizes students committed to careers related to the environment, tribal public policy, or Native American health care. Conlon, who is majoring in honors environmental studies and German, will receive up to $5,000 from the Udall Foundation.
Two UT students—senior Eric Dixon and junior Lindsay Lee—are finalists for Truman Scholarships, prestigious national academic awards that provide up to $30,000 for graduate study. They are among the 199 finalists announced Friday by the Truman Scholarship Foundation. About sixty Truman Scholarship winners will be announced in April after all finalists are interviewed by review panels.