Avery Dobbs, a senior majoring in political science with a history minor, has received a 2014–2015 Fulbright International Scholarship to teach English in Bulgaria.
Alex Houck, a senior, has received a 2014–2015 Fulbright International Scholarship to Spain. Houck will assist in molecular neurobiological research in Madrid, analyzing proteins in the brains of mice to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease. He also will take intensive Spanish courses and volunteer at a university teaching hospital.
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.
UT has established the Harold “Prof” Powers Scholarship for McMinn County, Tennessee, students, thanks to a gift from Athens native and UT alumnus Larry Pratt. The scholarship is designed to enhance access by eliminating financial barriers to attend the state’s flagship research university.
Brianna Rader, a Haslam Scholar and a senior in the College Scholars program from Knoxville, is an alternate for a Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in Great Britain. Rader, a graduate of Halls High School, was one of the top regional applicants for the scholarship. Being an alternate means she could still be awarded a Marshall Scholarship if a slot opens up.
Tom Brokaw, NBC anchor and author, shared his big idea for keeping the U.S. workforce competitive through public service academies at land grant universities created through public/private partnerships. His idea aims to reinvigorate public service across the country and bring people together in a time of deep political divisions. Brokaw headlined the Baker Distinguished Lecture Series hosted by the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy.
The UT System has announced the creation of the AT&T Distinguished Scholars Program to open the doors to higher education for fifty deserving students across the state of Tennessee. AT&T contributed $100,000 to the university system to create scholarships for academically qualified low-income students attending UT Knoxville, UT Chattanooga, or UT Martin during the 2013-14 academic year. The AT&T Distinguished Scholars program will provide $2,000 scholarships to thirty students at UT Knoxville.
Tabitha Darko, a first-generation immigrant from Ghana and a UT architecture student, hopes to unite her cultural heritage with her passion for design to create meaningful architecture. As a winner of the Gensler Diversity Internship and Scholarship, she is now one step closer to her dream. Darko received one of three top academic scholarships from Gensler, a global architecture, design, and planning firm and a paid summer internship in the firm’s regional office in San Francisco.
Juniors Melissa Lee and Alex Houck have been recognized by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, which awards students studying mathematics, science, and engineering.
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.