Students at many NAC&U member campuses have received grants and scholarships this spring. They include:


The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.

St. Edward’s University

This year 26 students from St. Edward’s University applied for Fulbright awards. Half of those students were finalists and 10 of them were winners, reflecting a new record for the institution. In each of the past few years, St. Edward’s University students have won approStEds_Jana_Soaresximately four to six Fulbright awards.

Jana Soares ’15 won the university’s second full grant in its history, for biology research in Australia. She will work with Cynthia Whitchurch, PhD, the founding director of the UTS Microbial Imaging Facility at the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia.  Nine additional St. Edward’s students were awarded Fulbright grants to teach English in the following countries: Germany, South Korea, Malaysia, Laos, and India.

North Central College

NCC_fulbrights-2015Two students who will graduate from North Central College this year have been awarded prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA). The latest Fulbright honors for Heidi Nelson ’15 and Kristin Rose ’15 are the 10th and 11th Fulbright awards earned by North Central College students and alumni. North Central College has been recognized as among the U.S. colleges and universities that produce the highest number of Fulbright recipients for 2014-2015 international exchanges.

Upon graduating from North Central College in December, Nelson’s Fulbright ETA will take her to Argentina in spring 2016, where she will teach future English teachers, continue to study Spanish and engage in cultural exchange programs with the local community.

Rose will graduate from North Central College in June and her Fulbright ETA will take her to the Slovak Republic in fall 2015, where she will teach English to high school students and engage in cultural exchange programs with the local community.

Samford University

Senior Samford University English major and University Fellows honors student Adam Quinn has earned an Academic Fulbright Award to pursue a master’s degree in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama at University College Dublin in Ireland next year.

University of Evansville

Maryam Abdi, a University of Evansville senior with majors in Theatre and French, has received a Fulbright scholarship for research in the African country of Cameroon in Fall 2015. Her project will involve Theatre for Development workshops in Yaoundé, the nation’s capital.

Last month, the University of Redlands and Wagner College announced their Fulbright recipients.


The Truman Scholarship was awarded to only 58 students across the country. Awardees receive money toward graduate school and the opportunity to participate in a professional development program to prepare for a public service career.

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Victoria Ochoa ’16 is St. Edward’s University’s first winner of a Truman Scholarship. The scholarship was awarded to 58 students across the country. This fall will be her last semester as a St. Edward’s student, and she will spend it studying abroad at the university’s partner campus in Angers, France.


The Goldwater Scholarship is the highest national award for undergraduate science and mathematics students and aims to encourage research careers in mathematics, science and engineering.

North Central College

NCCgoldwater_2015Two North Central College students, Kori Sye ’16, and Jack Ryan ’16, have been recognized by the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship program as 2015 Honorable Mention recipients.

Sye, a chemistry major and mathematics minor, has gained experience in biochemistry research during two summers at North Central. This summer she will conduct research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In addition, Sye learned that she won the Gladys Anderson Emerson Scholarship from the Iota Sigma Pi National Honors Society for Women in Chemistry. There are two undergraduate recipients nationwide.

Ryan is majoring in mathematics and minoring in computer science. He has also pursued research opportunities in musical theatre. During summer 2014, he traveled to the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for a research project funded by the National Science Foundation. He also analyzed performance styles of theatre productions in New York City and London. He’s presenting research in both disciplines at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and the College’s Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research.

On campus he’s a tutor, an ambassador in the Office of Admission and a College Scholar who studied abroad at the University of Glasgow.

The University of Scranton

Scrantonchris-kilner-goldwaterChristopher L. Kilner, a triple major at The University of Scranton, has earned the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. A full-tuition Presidential Scholar at Scranton, Kilner is the 11th University of Scranton student to be named a Goldwater Scholar in just over a decade.

A scholar, astute researcher and leader on campus, Kilner maintains a 4.0 G.P.A. while pursuing a rigorous academic course load, participating in research and playing an active role in student government.

University of Evansville

EUAbbyGoldwaterAbigail Smith, a professional chemistry major at the University of Evansville, has been named a 2015 Goldwater Scholar.  Abby conducts research with Dr. Andy Lampkins, assistant professor of chemistry, where she is creating a new paradigm in cancer treatment called “smart” therapeutics. Abby presented her research at a meeting of the American Chemical Society this past fall, and has accepted an internship in drug discovery at Eli Lilly and Company this coming summer.

Earlier, Ohio Northern University announced that its two students who were awarded Goldwater Scholarships.


The Newman Civic Fellows’ program is presented by Campus Compact, a coalition of more than 1,200 college and university presidents across the United States dedicated to the promotion of campus-based civic engagement.Hamlineelena-anderson-full

Hamline University

Elena Anderson, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts at Hamline University, was chosen as a 2015 Newman Civic Fellow Award recipient.

Ohio Northern University

Amanda Liebrecht, a second-year pharmacy student, has been awarded a Newman Civic Fellows Award.

LaVerne_AbrilUniversity of La Verne

Abril Camarena, a junior criminology major, has received a Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Stetson University

Amber Finnicum-Simmons, a junior psychology major at Stetson University, is the recipient of the 2015 Newman Civic Fellows Award.

Last month, Manhattan College and Widener University announced their students who were named as Newman Civic Fellows.


The Ping Award is designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students’ outstanding leadership and efforts in community service on their campus and within their community. The award is granted annually to undergraduates from Ohio Campus Compact mJCU_Grace-Donnellyember institutions who exhibit outstanding leadership in community service endeavors.

John Carroll University

John Carroll University junior, Grace Donnelly ’16, has been named as a winner of the Ohio Campus Compact 2015 Charles Ping Student Service Award in recognition of her exceptional dedication and successful efforts to establish JCU as a Fair Trade University.

Ohio Northern University

Ohio Northern University student Laura Avino, a fifth-year pharmacy major, has been honored with the 2015 Charles J. Ping Student Community Service Award from Ohio Campus Compact.

Laura is president of Habitat for Humanity and active in committees in the College of Pharmacy as well as other campus extracurricular activities.