Berry Students Win Prestigious Scholarships and Fellowships

Release Date: June 02, 2014

Several Berry College undergraduates have been selected for significant financial awards and programs to help further their academic studies and research. 

“This year Berry College students have once again won several major funding opportunities on the national and international level,” said Associate Professor of History Matthew Stanard, who serves as national and international scholarships and fellowships coordinator at Berry.  “These prestigious awards, several for year-long funding, will see Berry students and new alumni studying or working as close as Atlanta and as far away as Germany and Nepal, in fields as diverse as mathematics, philanthropy, software development, public policy, the natural sciences, and foreign languages and cultures.” 

Many of these students have received funding through Research Experiences for Undergraduates which operates through the National Science Foundation. Alex Peterson, a math major from Ballwin, Mo., is going the University of West Georgia. Mandi Dean, a math major from Sylva, N.C., will attend the Summer Math Program at Carleton College in Minnesota. Brandon Sanders, a physics major from Orlando, Fla., has been accepted for a summer internship at NASA as a software developer.  

Matt Murphy, a political science major from Moultrie, Ga., was selected as an Intercollegiate Studies Institute national honors fellow; Kate Farrar, a political science and religion and philosophy double major from Brentwood, Tenn., was selected to be a John Jay Fellow. Farrar will be participating in a fully funded year-long program combining study and public policy internship. Katherine Kent, an environmental science major from Bethel Park, Pa., is studying abroad through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship and Kendra Macomber, an art major from Dallas, Ga., received the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange which allows young professionals to go to Germany for a year.   

Recent Berry graduate Stephanie Tomys, a political science major from Newnan, Ga., has been awarded a prestigious $5,000 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi only awards 51 of these fellowships annually, and each chapter of the society is only allowed to submit one applicant for the award. 

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Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Koren Shetter