TEXAS TECH STUDENTS AWARDED GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS

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Date: March 25, 2005
CONTACT: Scott Slemmons, scott.slemmons@ttu.edu

TEXAS TECH STUDENTS AWARDED GATES CAMBRIDGE SCHOLARSHIPS

LUBBOCK – Two Texas Tech University students, William Michael Henne of Allen and Nicholas Johnson of Albuquerque, N.M., are among 38 American students awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships. This international and highly competitive scholarship is an award for up to four years of graduate study at the University of Cambridge, England.

Henne is a 2004 Goldwater Scholar and cell and molecular biology major scheduled to graduate from Texas Tech in May 2005. He has also been awarded a Laboratory in Molecular Biology Cambridge Scholarship to pursue his studies at Cambridge.

Johnson is also a 2004 Goldwater Scholar and an electrical engineering major who is scheduled to graduate from Texas Tech in August 2005. His research into electro-stretching of DNA will enable him to pursue a doctorate in chemistry.

The Goldwater Scholarship is a highly competitive award designed to benefit students who intend to pursue careers as scientists, mathematicians and engineers. The scholarship is named for the late Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona.

Henne and Johnson will join students from all over the world studying the arts, science, humanities, social science, technology and medicine.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarships were established by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. When he founded the award in 2001, Microsoft founder Bill Gates said the Gates Scholarship existed to help provide “highly educated leaders, skilled in research and analysis, who will undertake a creative approach to defining and solving problems so that we can address the injustices and inequities in our world.”

One other Texas Tech student has received the scholarship. In 2001, Jay Reddy was named a Gates Scholar. He earned a master's degree in oncology at Cambridge in 2003.

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SOURCE: Christina Ashby-Martin, faculty coordinator, National and International Scholarships office, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-0036, ext. 241, or e-mail christina.ashby-martin@ttu.edu.