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Student Distinctions

Fourteen seniors receive national fellowships and scholarships

by William G. Gilroy
Publication: Notre Dame News

May 17, 2012


The Fulbright Exchange Program, National Science Foundation and other national organizations have awarded postgraduate scholarships and fellowships to 14 members of the University of Notre Dame’s Class of 2012.

Additionally, two graduates of earlier classes also received prestigious fellowships and scholarships.

Two graduates received Fulbright Research and Study Grants. They are Mark Kettler, Whitefish Bay, Wis., to Germany, and Michael Fedynsky, Rocky River, Ohio, to Ukraine.

Two seniors received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships. They are Jonathan Goetz, Wheaton, Ill., to Germany, and Nhu Phan, Arlington, Texas, to South Korea.

Katlyn Springstead, Kendallville, Ind., received a Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst (DAAD) Study Scholarship, which is awarded to graduating seniors with a well-defined study or research project that makes studies at universities in Germany essential.

Five students received French Government Teaching Assistantships, which are awarded to graduates who are proficient in French and who wish to teach English conversation classes in all regions of France. They are Jason G’Sell, Florissant, Mo.; Daniel Harper, Kensington, Md.; Phil McAndrews, Garden City, N.Y.; Shannon McNaught, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.; and Natalie Rosado, Jamestown, Ky.

Paul Barany, South Bend, Ind.; Adrianna Garcia, Kenai, Alaska; Nancy Paul, Mercer, Pa.; and Donna Grace Shrader, Chesterton, Ind., received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships.

Tracy Jennings, a member of the Class of 2010, received a Clarendon Scholarship. Oxford University recognizes the best students worldwide as decided by experts in each student’s field, awarding 100 scholarships each year divided equally among the four divisions of study at Oxford: Humanities, Medical Sciences, Math and Science and Social Sciences.

Jessica Nelson, a 2008 graduate, received a fellowship from the Lilly Graduate Fellows Program, which supports exceptionally well-qualified students who are entering doctoral or equivalent graduate programs in humanities and the arts and who are interested in becoming teacher-scholars at church-related universities in the United States.

Elizabeth Davis, Bozeman, Mont., received the Truman Award, which is presented to students nationwide based on leadership potential, intellectual ability and likelihood of making a difference.