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Carolina students win distinguished scholarships

Eleven Carolina undergraduates have won prestigious national scholarships this academic year.

In recent weeks, foundations offering some of the most competitive merit awards in the country have announced winners for 2003. So far, UNC students have won the following scholarships or fellowships: one Rhodes, one Truman, one Luce, one Churchill, one Udall, three Goldwaters, two Cookes and one Rieser.

The scholarship spree began last December when senior Karine Dubč of Canada was selected for a Rhodes Scholarship, perhaps the top academic award in the world for students, becoming the 36th UNC student to be so honored since 1902.

"We at Carolina are extremely proud of the academic achievements of these students and happy to see them receive such well deserved recognition," said Dr. Robert Greenberg, director of UNC’s Office of Distinguished Scholarships and Intellectual Life. "Their dedication to future careers that will serve the good of so many will bring honor to Carolina in the years to come."

Carolina winners this spring are:

· David Lyndon W. Angeles of Kings Mountain, a junior international studies and French major, won one of 76 Harry S. Truman Scholarships awarded nationwide among 635 candidates. Winners must have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class and be committed to careers in public service. The scholarship provides $30,000 -- $3,000 for the senior year and $27,000 for graduate study. Angeles is the only North Carolina winner. He brings the number of UNC Truman winners since 1992 to 14.

· Carl Erik Fisher, of Glen Ridge, N.J., a senior biology and music major, won one of 15 Luce Scholarships awarded nationwide among 110 candidates. The Henry Luce Foundation provides for a year's internship in Asia and aims to acquaint future American leaders who have no prior experience of Asia with the continent and their Asia counterparts. Winners are chosen for highest academic achievement and outstanding leadership ability. The award’s value varies with each winner’s assignment and location. Carolina ranks second behind Harvard University in numbers of Luce Scholars. Fisher is UNC’s 23rd winner since the program began in 1974.

· Bennett Rogers, of Durham, who graduated with highest honors in December, won one of 11 Churchill Scholarships among 61 candidates nationwide. The Winston Churchill Foundation of the United States presents the awards for a year of graduate study at England’s University of Cambridge. The scholarships, valued at about $27,000 each, reward outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Recipients are American undergraduates planning to pursue graduate studies in science, mathematics and engineering. Since 1993, nine UNC students have won the Churchill.

· Juniors Nathaniel T. Calloway of Durham, Joshua A. Carter of Winston-Salem and sophomore C. Michael Minder of Matthews won 2003-2004 Goldwater Scholarships, merit awards given to sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering. The Barry M. Goldwater Foundation chose 300 winners nationwide among 1,093 nominated by faculty members and U.S. colleges and universities. The scholarship provides up to $7,500 per year for educational expenses to juniors and sophomores who display intellectual curiosity and intensity and possess potential for significant future contributions in their chosen field. With this year’s winners, UNC has had 22 Goldwater Scholars since the program began in 1986.

· Junior Ellen Elizabeth Veazey, for the second consecutive year, won a Morris K. Udall Scholarship for academic excellence and commitment to preserving the environment. Veazey, of Morganton, will receive a one-year scholarship for tuition, books and room and board, up to $5,000. Trustees of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and Excellence in Environmental Policy Foundation in Tucson, Ariz., chose 80 winners from among 480 students nominated by 217 colleges and universities. The scholarships are awarded to sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated strong academic records and outstanding potential for leadership.Veazey’s second award brings the number of Udall scholarships to Carolina students to seven since the program began in 1996.

· Seniors Daniel Ross Hinson of Springfield, Va., and Nathan L. Maust of Harrisonburg, Va., were selected to receive Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Scholarships to support their entire graduate careers. The foundation picked 43 winners from 841 applicants. Each winner can receive up to $50,000 a year to complete graduate or professional degrees. Selection criteria include exceptional academic ability, a strong will to succeed and qualities such as demonstrated critical thinking, a love of music or art, and appreciation for literature. The Landsdowne, Va.-based foundation began the award program last year for students in Virginia, Maryland or the District of Columbia.

· Ken Varner of Wilmington is adding a fifth year of undergraduate work to study physics in Spain next year at the Solar Energy Institute of Madrid as the recipient of a Leonard M. Rieser Fellowship in Science, Technology and Global Security. The $5,000 award comes from the Educational Foundation for Nuclear Science, based at the University of Chicago. Varner is the first UNC student to win the Rieser, created in 1999 and first awarded in 2000.


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