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Students and Faculty Honored at Prestigious Scholarship Reception

Bailey Bales

April 28, 2017


Applicants recognized after months of working with faculty and staff to help support education and research.

Every year, Texas Tech University students spend months working on various scholarship applications from across the country and around the world. Faculty and staff spend their time mentoring students, writing recommendation letters and serving on committees and panels.

Months of hard work by several students, faculty and staff was recognized on Tuesday (April 25) at the Prestigious Scholarship Reception, hosted by the Office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships (NISF) and the Honors College.

The scholarships highlighted Tuesday are highly competitive among thousands of applicants. Awards featured included, the Rhodes Scholarship, the Marshall Scholarship, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the Truman Scholarship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships Program.

"The Prestigious Scholarship Reception is designed to honor all students who apply to a major prestigious scholarship, regardless of how far they make it in the competition," said Wendoli Flores, director of NISF. "Many of these awards require an internal competition to receive university endorsement. The courage, time and effort it takes each student to participate in a prestigious award competition is tremendous, and the faculty and staff support is also crucial. These efforts are what we celebrate during this event."

Texas Tech faculty provides support to students in several ways. Many provide letters of recommendation while others serve as research mentors and provide feedback on essay components required for applications. With the U.S. Fulbright Student Program, faculty who have been Fulbright Scholars are matched with a Fulbright Student applicant. The mentor provides insight on how to develop a stronger application that will support the Fulbright mission of mutual understanding between the U.S. and other countries.

Students recognized include Fulbright U.S. Student Program finalists Erin Grogan, Ivette Noriega, Michelle Jones and alternate Gretchen Williams. Others recognized were Goldwater Scholar Amanda Miller, Goldwater Honorable Mention award winner Michael Doerfert and NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program Honorable Mention award winner Amie Sommers. Various applicants and semifinalists also were recognized for their efforts in competing for prestigious scholarships.

For more information on the Office of National and International Scholarships and Fellowships, please visit the website.

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