Texas Tech Graduate Receives Mortar Board Fellowship

Nicole Hannemann received the Ellen North Dunlap Fellowship, a $6,000 award.

Written by Cory Chandler

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Nicole Hannemann received the Ellen North Dunlap Fellowship, a $6,000 award.

Mortar Board awarded a total of $60,000 in fellowships to 15 honor society members this year. Recipients are chosen based on academic excellence, recommendation, promise, financial need and Mortar Board involvement.

Hannemann was initiated into Mortar Board in 2006 and served as fundraising chair during her two active years of membership.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in chemistry and Bachelor of Arts in history with a concentration in art history, and currently is attending Baylor College of Medicine to obtain her M.D.

"Mortar Board has offered me the refreshing opportunity to meet and work with other dedicated and like-minded students," Hannemann said. "It's not that everyone thinks in the same way or has identical professional goals, but we do have a common thread in our commitment to education and the community. In fact, there are few other organizations that have such motivated members as well as such a wide cross-section of academic and extracurricular interests."

In addition to Mortar Board, Hannemann is a member of American Chemical Society as a student affiliate, the Dr. Bernard Harris pre-medical society, Eta Omicron Nu honors college organization, Phi Kappa Phi honor society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Additionally, she served as an Honors College First Year Experience Mentor and Texas Tech Chancellor's Ambassador as an undergraduate.

"Nicole represents Mortar Board's three key ideals of scholarship, leadership and service with ease, a quality that made her exceptionally deserving of this award," Mortar Board Executive Director Jon Cook said. "It is with great pleasure that Mortar Board can not only recognize Nicole's numerous undergraduate achievements, but support her future dreams with a national fellowship."

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 226 chartered collegiate chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation. The Forum chapter at Texas Tech University was founded in 1957.

Some notable Mortar Board members include former President Jimmy Carter, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Lance Armstrong and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Learn more about Mortar Board at www.mortarboard.org.

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CONTACT: Alicia Notestone, the Mortar Board National Office, (800) 989-6266 ext. 106, or anotestone@mortarboard.org.