University of Georgia announces 2006 Foundation Fellows

Athens, Ga. – The University of Georgia will welcome 20 freshmen this fall who exemplify the qualities of outstanding future leaders and scholars. They will receive the Foundation Fellowship, UGA’s premier undergraduate scholarship.

“This is a most impressive group of students who had a number of options available to them,” said David Williams, director of UGA’s Honors Program. “We are delighted that they chose to attend the University of Georgia and look forward to the positive impact they will make here.”

The four-year Foundation Fellowships will provide in-state students an annual stipend of $9,000 in addition to the HOPE Scholarship. Out-of-state students will receive $14,500 in annual scholarships and tuition waivers.

The award also includes opportunities to participate in international travel-study, research conferences, internships and public service projects. Previous students have used such opportunities to study, conduct research and do public service in such places as China, Germany, India, Peru and Tanzania.

Each entering Fellow will receive individual attention and support from a senior faculty mentor and a current Foundation Fellow. During the academic year, Foundation Fellows participate in academic and cultural events such as dinner seminars in the homes of faculty and special meetings with distinguished visiting speakers.

Selection for the Foundation Fellowship is a highly coveted honor. The average SAT score for the class of 2010 is 1501. The average grade point average is 4.19 on a 4.0 scale, which indicates extra points for advanced placement courses. Their high school academic and extracurricular records are similarly remarkable.

The scholarship recipients are enrolled in UGA’s academically rigorous Honors Program, one of the nation’s oldest and most prominent. The Honors Program enables them to work closely with faculty in their respective majors and complete research projects, which can turn into Honors thesis papers, symposium presentations or publishable journal articles.

“These students have been selected in part because of their intellectual drive and curiosity,” said Steve Elliott-Gower, associate director of the Honors Program. “We expect them to make tremendous contributions to the classroom and beyond.”

The Fellows were chosen from more than 900 applicants and 67 finalists who attended an intensive interview weekend on campus in February. The finalists participated in faculty-led seminars, social gatherings with current fellows, and a round of interviews with senior faculty, foundation trustees, and admissions and student affairs staff.

The fellowships are renewable each year as long as the students maintain a cumulative 3.5 grade point average and are in good standing with the Honors Program.

The Foundation Fellows program was created in 1972 by the trustees of the University of Georgia Foundation to provide academically outstanding undergraduates with an enriched educational experience. The 20 new first-year students will bring the current number of Fellows to 89.

For more information on the Foundation Fellows program, visit http://www.uga.edu/honors/fellows.

The 2006 Foundation Fellows are:

From Georgia

Name Hometown High School

Kelsey Jones, Atlanta, Pace Academy

Joshua McLaurin, Atlanta, The Westminster Schools

Zoe Meroney, Atlanta, Atlanta International School

Lila Tedesco, Atlanta, The Westminster Schools

Robert Thrasher, Atlanta, The Lovett School

David Fu, Athens, Athens Academy

Thomas Bailey, Decatur, Druid Hills High School

Virginia Newman, Decatur, Decatur High School

Amanda Brouillette, Lilburn, Parkview High School

Allon Mordel, Marietta, George Walton High School

Sarah Caruana, Martinez, Lakeside High School

Jasmaine Williams, Stockbridge, Stockbridge High School

Laura McDonald, Suwanee, North Gwinnett High School

Christopher Jones, Thomasville ,Thomasville High School

From Out-of-State

Name Hometown High School

Jennifer Ann Taylor, Florence, Ala., Florence High School

Elisabeth Allen, Wheaton, Ill., Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Amy Davis, Cary, N.C., Cary Academy

Peter Horn, Charlotte, N.C., Myers Park High School

Lucas Puente, Wilmington, N.C. ,E. A. Laney High School

Kevin Copp, King of Prussia, Pa., Upper Merion Area High School