HIGH POINT, N.C., March 23, 2018 – Five High Point University students and alumni are being considered for some of the most prestigious and competitive scholarships available to U.S. college students.
“If they are selected, our students would be able to apply the skills they’ve learned at HPU in meaningful and life-changing ways,” says Dr. Meredith Malburne-Wade, director of fellowships and awards at HPU. “These are unique opportunities, and being named semifinalist and finalists in these competitions is a life-long honor in and of itself. I am so incredibly proud of all of them, and I’m proud of HPU for mentoring and supporting them on their journeys.”
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships
HPU student Luke Olivier and 2017 graduates Catherine Bakewell and Lilly Wingate were named semifinalists in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Olivier and Wingate applied for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships in Malaysia, and Bakewell applied for the ETA program in Spain. If selected, they will live and work in communities abroad while teaching English, sharing American culture and further developing bonds with other nations.
Fulbright is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and other countries. The semifinalists from HPU are competing in an intensive selection process with more than 10,000 applicants. Their applications are now under final consideration from their prospective host countries.
HPU junior Kendal Karstens, an international relations major, is a finalist in the Harry S. Truman Scholarship competition. The Truman Scholarship is a graduate fellowship for students interested in pursuing a career as a public service leader. Finalists are selected based on their leadership, service and academic accomplishments.
Karstens, who is an active ROTC member and president of the Student Veterans Association, is interested in careers in the military and U.S. Department of State. She is one of 756 applicants for the scholarship and one of 194 to receive an interview.
Biochemistry major Rebecca Ulrich was offered the prestigious NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program. This highly competitive award selects 12 applicants each year to pursue a research-based Ph.D. at Oxford or Cambridge University in the United Kingdom while conducting research at the National Institutes of Health in the United States. Ulrich was one of 36 applicants selected to interview.
In addition to the NIH Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program, Ulrich was admitted to seven additional graduate schools in the U.S. She has decided to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to pursue a doctorate in organic chemistry. Her research focus is drug development for diseases such as tuberculosis.