National Scholarship Student Success

student scholarship recipients
Madison Graham, GC '20, Fulbright Finalist

Madison Graham received a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in the Czech Republic in the 2020-2021 academic year. As an ETA, Graham will be teaching English and American culture to Czech students.

Amara Tennessee, GC '20, Fulbright Finalist

Amara Tennessee received a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Colombia in the 2020-2021 academic year. As an ETA, Tennessee will be teaching English and American culture to Colombian students.

2019-2020 Fulbright Semi-Finalists
  • Jasia Clark, GC '20, English Teaching Assistantship to the Czech Republic
  • Makhalath Fahiym, GC '19,  English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea
  • James Fortwengler, GC '20, Study Grant for the University College Dublin in Ireland
  • Madison Graham , GC '20, English Teaching Assistantship to the Czech Republic, Finalist
  • Julian Lopez-Hanson, GC '20, English Teaching Assistantship to Cyprus
  • Megan Sandal, GC '20, English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia
  • Laura Swarner, GC '20, English Teaching Assistantship to Bulgaria, Alternate
  • Amara Tennessee, GC '20, English Teaching Assistantship to Colombia, Finalist
  • Jennifer Watkins, GC '20, Arts Grant for Italy
Kelly Bousquette, GC '21, Newman Civic Fellow

Kelly Bousquette, Psychology and Sociology, was selected as a 2021 Newman Civic Fellow. Kelly has worked to connect her campus community to the greater Milledgeville community through the organization she founded, Georgia College Students for Change, which enables Georgia College student to assist with projects related to the Central State Hospital Local Redevelopment Authority (CSHLRA).

Kendyl Lewis, GC '21, Truman Finalist

Kendyl Lewis, Economics and Psychology, was selected as a finalist for the 2020 Truman Scholarship. Kendyl has been committed to fighting food insecurity in her community by founding GC's chapter of Swipe Out Hunger and also serving as a Zero Hunger Intern with the Congressional Hunger Center.

Ruby Zimmerman, GC '20, Newman Civic Fellow

Ruby Zimmerman, Political Science and Rhetoric, was selected to be a 2019 Newman Civic Fellow. Ruby was selected on the basis of her work with the American Democracy Project.  

David Williams, GC '20, Boren Scholar

David Williams received a Boren Scholarship to study Swahili as part of the Boren African Flagship Language Institute (AFLI). Williams will complete an intensive summer course in Swahili at the University of Florida, followed by a year of study in Tanzania.

Marissa Mayfield, GC '17, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow

Marissa Mayfield was awarded a 2019 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Mayfield, an environmental science major, conducted research on environmental remediation and rehabilitation  under Dr. Sam Mutiti, an associate professor in the Department of Biology and Environmental Sciences. She is currently pursuing am M.S. in Biology at Georgia College. 

2018- 2019 Fulbright Semi-Finalists
  • Perri Olton, GC '19, English Teaching Assistantship to Ukraine
  • Matthew Sampson, GC '19,  English Teaching Assistantship to South Korea
Kevin Morris, GC '17, Marshall Scholar

Kevin Morris is Georgia College's first student to be awarded the Marshall Scholarship. Kevin, a 2017 graduate with a dual degree in Economics and History, intends to pursue graduate degrees at the London School of Economics and the University of Edinburgh.

Jonathan Mangrum, GC '19, Boren Scholar

Jonathan Mangrum recieved a Boren Scholarship to study Urdu as part of the Boren South-Asian Flagship Language Institute (SAFLI). Mangrum will complete an intensive summer course in Urdu at the University of Wisconsin- Madison, followed by a year of study in Lucknow, India. He is Georgia College's first student to be awarded a Boren Scholarship.

Janileyah Thompson, GC '17, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, South Korea

Janileyah Thompson received a Fulbright Scholarship to serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in South Korea in the 2018-2019 academic year. As an ETA, Thompson will be teaching English and American culture to South Korean students.

2017-2018 Fulbright Semi-Finalists
  • Sofia Papa, GC '16, English Teaching Assistantship to Spain
  • Darcie Scales, GC '18,  English Teaching Assistantship to Hungary
  • Janileyah Thompson, GC '17, English Teaching Assistantship to  South Korea, Finalist
Julia Steele, GC '19, Newman Civic Fellow

Julia Steele, Environmental Science, was selected to be a 2018 Newman Civic Fellow. Julia was selected on the basis of her work with Campus Kitchens and the GC Sustainability Office.  

Laura Pappas, GC '18, Newman Civic Fellow

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, GC '16, Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program Assistant Language Teacher

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, GC '17, Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Macedonia

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, GC '17, Fulbright Research Scholarship, Finland

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.  

2016-2017 Fulbright Semi-Finalists
  • Samantha Clapp, GC '17, Study Grant for Budapest Semesters in Mathematics - Renyi Institute in Hungary, Alternate
  • Anna Fontaine, GC '13, Study Grant to United Kingdom
  • Kevin Morris, GC '17, English Teaching Assistantship to Macedonia, Finalist
  • Audrey Waits, GC '17, Study Grant for Finland, Finalist
Jonathan Mangrum, GC '19, Newman Civic Fellow

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, GC '16, Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellow

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 Johnstone, GC '16, Truman Finalist

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, GC '14, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Recipient

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. 

Lisa Baer, GC '11, US Fulbright Student Scholarship Recipient 2012-2013

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.