Fellowships & Scholarships
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We serve students by providing information and support to help them develop outstanding applications to be competitive for local and national scholarships. The philosophy and mission of the office focus on encouraging independence while assisting students in realizing their academic potential, facilitating the application process in their desired areas, and supporting the overall academic mission of the university.
The Dean's List is the top ten percent of the undergraduate class for each semester. Students on the Dean's List are honored at a celebration each year sponsored by the Academic Dean's Office and coordinated by Sharon Chambers-Gordon, director, Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Fellowships.More Information
Congratulations to our 2012-13 Winners
Eryn Eby '13 (Luce), Maggie Shanahan '13 (Fulbright, Mexico), Eryn Eby '13 (Watson), Billy Rathje '15 (Goldwater), Kelton Mock ’15 (Goldwater HM), Allyson Hale '11 (Austria), Charles Nguyen '13 (Singapore) Katherine Buckley '11 (Panama), Erin Bryne '13 (France), Charlotte Dawkins '13 (France), Katrina Clark '13 (France), Joanna Chapman '13 (France), Ida Poberezovsky ‘13 (France), Meg Pritchard '13 (France), Zach Kotel '12 (France), Dmitri Brown 12 (France), Kelsey Johnson (Spain), Gamachu Said (Spain), Amanda Schweikert (Spain), Abbey Yaron (Spain); Alternates: Grant Harmsen ‘13 (France), Becca Zavala ‘13 (France), Peter Russell ‘13 (Jordan)More Information
Puget Sound has its first Luce Scholar!!
Eryn Eby '13 has been named Luce Scholar 2013/2014. She is an International Relations in Politics and Government Major with Interdisciplinary Emphasis in Global Development Studies. Eryn is one of 16 students in the nation to receive the award. The Luce Scholars Program is a nationally competitive fellowship program. It was launched by the Henry Luce Foundation in 1974 to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. The program provides stipends, language training, and individualized professional placement in Asia for 15-18 Luce Scholars each year, and welcomes applications from college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals in a variety of fields who have had limited exposure to Asia.
The program is unique among American-Asian exchanges in that it is intended for young leaders who have had limited experience of Asia and who might not otherwise have an opportunity in the normal course of their careers to come to know Asia. Those who already have significant experience in Asia or Asian studies are not eligible for the Luce Scholars Program. Congratulations Eryn!!
Congratulations to Eryn Eby our Watson Fellow!!
Eryn Eby '13 is a double awardee this year! She has received the Watson Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded to 40 recipients nationwide, chosen from 140 finalists nominated by select private liberal arts colleges and universities.
Congratulations to Maggie Shanahan Fulbright Research Scholar!!
Maggie Shanahan has been awarded the Fulbright Research Scholarship to Mexico. For her research project, Maggie will document the progress of the organic beekeeping movement recently established in Chiapas, Mexico. She will live and work alongside beekeepers, examining the environmental, social, and economic factors affect their participation in the organic movement. She plans to document not just organic transition but also the obstacles that beekeepers face so that scientists and beekeepers around the world can learn from this historic experiment.
Congratulations to Allyson Hale Austria Teaching Scholarship Award
Allyson Hale '12 has been awarded a teaching scholarship to Austria. She will teach English as a second language to Austrian college students. The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to promote “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the peoples of other countries.” Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Senator J. William Fulbright from Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has over 310,000 alumni and currently operates in 155 countries, including 50 countries with binational Fulbright commissions such as the Austrian-American Educational Commission.
Funded primarily by direct contributions from the governments of the United States of America and the Republic of Austria, the Fulbright Program provides grants for U.S. citizens, who are recent graduates and graduate students or scholars and professionals, to study, teach, or pursue research in Austria and for Austrian citizens to engage in similar activities in the U.S.
Congratulations to Peter Bittner Fulbright Teaching Scholarship Award to Mongolia!
Congratulations to Billy Rathje Goldwater Scholarship Award!!
Billy Rathje has received a Goldwater Scholarship the premier undergraduate science scholarship. The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry Goldwater, who served his country for 56 years as a soldier and statesman, including 30 years of service in the U.S. Senate. The creation of this program pays tribute to the leadership, courage, and vision of Senator Goldwater and establishes in his name an endowed recognition program to foster and encourage excellence in science and mathematics.
The purpose of the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, as stated in the enabling legislation, is to alleviate a critical current and future shortage of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. A more realistic statement of the purpose, in today's terms, is to provide a continuing source of highly qualified individuals to those fields of academic study and research.
The Foundation is supported by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established in the Treasury of the United States. Funding for awards and administrative expenses derives from interest on the Trust Fund, invested in U.S. securities.
Congratulations to 8 French Government Teaching Scholarship Awards!!
Erin Byrne ‘13
Charlotte Dawkins ‘13
Tina Clark ‘3
Joanna Chapman ‘13
Ida Poberezovsky ‘13
Zach Kotel ‘12
Meg Pritchard ‘13
Dmitri Brown '12
Jacob Gellman '13
Grant Harmsen ‘13
Becca Zavala ‘13
The Teaching Assistant Program in France offers you the opportunity to work in France for 7 months, teaching English to French students of all ages. Each year, over 1,100 American citizens and permanent residents teach in public schools across all regions of metropolitan France and in the overseas departments of French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique and Réunion.
Congratulations to our Marshall Scholarship Finalist!!
Goldwater scholar, Kevin Halasz '13, a mathematics major with a minor in philosophy, has been named a finalist for the Marshall Scholarship. 168 finalists are named across the United States and 40 will receive this prestigious award.
Campus Visit: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Thanks to Ambassador James Gadsden, Senior Counselor for International Affairs with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for visiting our campus. Ambassador Gadsden was our guest speaker at a student forum. He is a retired career Foreign Service Officer with the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, which administers the Pickering Fellowship programs for the U.S. Department of State. He is tasked to seek applicants who are U.S. citizens; who have financial need; who are outstanding students representing the ethnic, social, and geographic diversity of our population; who have majors in international relations, economics, business, and political science; and who are interested in becoming career U.S. Foreign Service officers.” The program provides up to $40,000 annually for academic expenses.
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Congratulations to our 2012-13 Winners
Fulbright Scholarship: Laura Lasswell ’12, Germany; Kat Schmidt ’12, Germany
French Government Teaching Assistantship: Emily Strichartz ’12, Serena Berkowitz ’12, Emily Swisher ’12, Elizabeth Hughes ’12, Charlotte Cronin ’12, Molly Gibson ’11
Spanish Government Teaching Assistantship: Sara Evert '12, David Pendleton '11, Sarah Rittenhouse '09, Daniel Watson '12
Princeton-in-Asia: Max Honch ’12, Thailand; Max Heston ’12; China
Critical Language Scholarship: Peter Russell ’12, Arabic advanced beginning
Udall Scholarship: Maggie Shanahan ’13
Goldwater Scholarship: Kevin Halasz ’12, Maggie Shanahan ’13, Vienna Saccomanno ’13
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals Fellowship: Jon Prentice '12, Westrey Page '12
National Science Foundation Scholarship: Rachel Hood ’09 (University of California, Berkeley), Life Sciences, microbiology
Congratulations to our 2011-12 Winners
Rhodes Scholarship Finalist: Sara Johansen ’11; Thomas J. Watson Fellowship: Jacqueline Ward '10, Margaret Shelton '11; Fulbright Scholarship: Giulia Leggett ’11 (ETA to Argentina), Kyle Nunes ’11 ETA to Uruguay, Katherine Tuteur ’11 ETA to Germany (Alternate), Allyson Hale ’11 ETA to Germany (Alternate), Christina Wu ’11 ETA to Korea (Alternate); French Government Teaching Assistantship: Chelsea Asher ‘11, Lauren Vandenberg ‘11, Abby Kaufman ‘11; Udall Scholarship Honorable Mention Award: Maggie Shanahan ‘13; National Science Foundation: Erick Peirson ’09; Princeton-in-Asia: Micah Stanovsky '11, Griffin Hotchkiss '11
Congratulations to our Thomas J Watson Fellows
Margaret Shelton ’11, a senior student, and Jacqueline Ward ’10, a recent graduate, have been awarded the prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which will give them each $25,000 to pursue 12 months of travel and independent research starting this summer.
They are among 40 awardees nationwide, chosen from 148 finalists nominated by select private liberal arts colleges and universities. Puget Sound was one of only two colleges in the Northwest to see its students honored with the award, and one of only three from the West Coast.
Congratulations to our Rhodes Finalist
Sara Johansen ’11, a molecular and cellular biology major and music minor at University of Puget Sound, has been named a finalist in the search for America’s 2011 Rhodes Scholars. Thirty-two Rhodes Scholarships are awarded to United States citizens annually, giving the recipients the opportunity to study for two years in a degree program at University of Oxford, England. Read more