National Scholarship Student Success

Laura Pappas, Public Health, was selected to be a 2017 Newman Civic Fellow. Laura was selected on the basis of her work with Kudzu and HouServe.  

Kelly Van Roy, who graduated in 2016 with a degree in marketing and liberal studies, was selected to serve as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) with the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program. As an ALT, Van Roy will teach English in Japan in the 2017-2018 school year. 

Kevin Morris received a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Macedonia in the 2017-2018 academic year. As an ETA, Morris will be teaching English and American culture to Macedonian students.  While at Georgia College, Morris completed internships with the U.S. Department of Commerce in Croatia as well as with the U.S. State Department in Macedonia.

Audrey Waits, a 2017 graduate with an MS in Biology, received a Fulbright Scholarship to conduct biology research in with faculty from the University of Oulu in Finland in the 2017-2018 school year. Waits’ research seeks to explore the relationship between temperature and pathogenic bacterial populations found in reindeer herds.  

Samantha Clapp, a 2017 GC graduate with a major in mathematics, was selected as an alternate for the 2017-2018 US Fulbright Student Scholarship to study math in Hungary through the Fulbright Budapest Semesters in Mathematics-Renyi Institute.

Anna Fontaine, a 2017 GC graduate with a major in theater, was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2017-2018 US Fulbright Student Scholarship to earn an MFA in Acting at the University of Essex in the UK. 

Jonathan Mangrum, Liberal Studies, was selected as a 2016 Newman Civic Fellow. Newman Civic Fellows are named through Campus Compact, a national coalition of 1,000 member colleges and universities supporting students who are committed to community and finding solutions for challenges facing communities nationwide. The fellowship recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated a solution-based approach to improving their communities. Jonathan was selected on the basis of his work with the American Democracy Project and also on his academic success. Jonathan was not only named a Newman Civic Fellow; through Campus Compact, he was also awarded a $13,000 scholarship to attend the Leadership and the American Presidency program for the spring semester at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. Jonathan will spend that semester taking coursework and also participating in an internship in Washington D.C. 

Kendall Brown, who graduated in 2016 with a degree in mathematics, was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship. The highly competitive program funds graduate programs in education for both recent graduates and career-changers who have strong backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Each fellow receives $30,000 to complete a unique masters program based on a year-long classroom experience. Fellows commit to teach in high need urban and rural Georgia schools over a three year period, during which they receive ongoing support and mentoring.

Dillon Johnston was named a finalist in the 2016 Truman Scholarship competition. The Truman Scholarship supports the graduate education of outstanding young people who are committed to careers in public service. Johnstone was recognized on the basis of his involvement with ENGAGE and undergraduate research here at Georgia College, as well as his service in the U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserve. 

Anne Zimmerman and Dr. Caralyn Zehnder performing research on plants.

Georgia College alumna Anne Zimmerman was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in 2014, during her senior year at Georgia College. Zimmerman, a biology major, conducted research at Georgia College under Dr. Caralyn Zehnder, an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences at Georgia College and coordinator of the university’s environmental science program. Zehnder and Zimmerman conducted their research on plants and the way that they respond to their environment, focusing specifically on the kudzu bug. Zimmerman was selected as one of 2,000 fellowship recipients out of the more than 14,000 applications submitted to the fellowship program that year. Zimmerman is currently pursuing graduate studies at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and continues working in her field of research at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. 

            Georgia College alumna Lisa Baer received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mongolia for the 2012-2013 academic year. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2011, Baer moved to China to teach English. This experience, paired with Baer’s undergraduate research experiences, inspired Baer to apply for the Fulbright Program. While in Mongolia on her Fulbright, Baer taught courses in American culture and English. Baer’s research focus concerns family and cross-cultural values, an interest she was able to pursue as she lived and worked among her Mongolian students. Facilitated by the US Embassy in Mongolia, Baer observed schools, museums, and disability centers in rural Mongolia. Baer is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of South Dakota.