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UA Students Chosen as Goldwater, Hollings, Truman Scholars


Capstone students continue to excel on the national stage, competing successfully for the most prestigious scholarships.

Goldwater Scholars

The Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program has selected two University of Alabama students as Goldwater Scholars for 2014-2015. Over the past eight years, UA ranks second among U.S. universities in the number of students receiving scholarships from the Goldwater program.

The students are Brian Goodell, a chemical engineering and physics major from Plattsburgh, N.Y.; and Lynda Truong, a chemistry major from Grand Prairie, Texas. In addition, Anna Moyer, a biology major from Boalsburg, Pa., received honorable mention.

For the eight-year period from 2007 to 2014, UA ranks second in the United States for the number of students named Goldwater Scholars. UA is tied with Arizona State University with 21 scholars during that period and just one behind Harvard University, which had 22 scholars. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is one behind UA and ASU with 20.

This year, 282 Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,166 mathematics, science and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide. The one- or two-year scholarships will cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 a year.

The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed agency established in 1986. The program, honoring U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater, was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in research in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.


Hollings Scholars

Five University of Alabama students will receive the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship for 2014-2016.

The scholarship provides $8,000 a year for full-time study during the junior and senior years and $6,500 for a 10-week internship at NOAA or an NOAA-approved facility during the summer between the junior and senior years. The Hollings Scholarship is given in addition to existing awards the student may already receive.

UA ranks among the top four universities in the United States this year in terms of the number of Hollings Scholarships awarded. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration selected 106 students in 2014 for the highly competitive scholarships.

The University of Alabama students, all sophomores, are:

–  Jake Green, a mechanical engineering major from Spartanburg, S.C.

–  Nicole Kernahan, a marine science-biology major from Slidell, La.

–  Thomas Ludwig, a chemical engineering major from Brunswick, Ohio

–  Zoe Nichols, a marine science-biology major from Tuscaloosa

–  Leigh Terry, a Culverhouse College of Commerce student from Sylacauga

In addition, UA has two students admitted into the Hollings program in previous years. They are Zackery Morris (2012), a mechanical engineering major from Hoover; and Paula Adams (2013), a biology major from Athens.

The Hollings Scholarship Program is designed to improve undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research technology and natural resource education; increase public understanding of the importance of stewardship of the environment; and improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.


Truman Scholar

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation has named University of Alabama student Jason Arterburn, a junior from Madison, as a Truman Scholar in 2014. He is one of 59 U.S. students to receive a Truman Scholarship this year.

Arterburn is studying economics and interdisciplinary studies. He is completing a year in China on a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. Department of State and a David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program. Currently he is studying Chinese in Harbin, a city in Manchuria situated between North Korea and Russia.

At UA, Arterburn has worked on several community programs in Perry County as a University Fellow and an Honors College 57 Miles intern. His activities include teaching  ACT Now, an ACT prep class serving more than 60 students at Francis Marion High School; and the Exergaming Initiative, an education module using Wii dance video games to incorporate physical activity into the classroom at Albert Turner Sr. Elementary School.

The UA College of Arts and Sciences’ student also has worked at George Washington Carver High School in Birmingham with Birmingham to Beijing, a program that funds and organizes afterschool, university-level Chinese language classes and a cultural exchange to Beijing for motivated students at a low-income, inner-city school.

Seventeen independent panels selected the 59 Truman Scholars from among 655 candidates nominated by 293 colleges and universities. They were chosen on the basis of the finalists’ academic success and leadership accomplishments, as well as their likelihood of becoming public service leaders.

Selection panels met across the United States and include distinguished public service leaders, elected officials, university presidents, federal judges and past Truman Scholarship winners. A listing of the new Scholars can be found at the Truman Foundation’s website:

Each Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate counseling and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Recipients must be U.S. citizens, have outstanding leadership potential and communication skills, be in the top quarter of their class and be committed to careers in government or the nonprofit sector.