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Fifteen incoming first-year students awarded UGA’s Foundation Fellowship

Athens, Ga. – The class of 2014 at the University of Georgia will include 15 students who have been awarded the Foundation Fellowship, the university’s premier undergraduate scholarship.

The Foundation Fellowship provides academic enrichment and cultural opportunities, including international travel-study, research conferences support and internship and public service experiences to recipients who exhibit the qualities of outstanding future leaders and scholars.

In-state students receive an annual stipend of $9,000 in addition to the HOPE Scholarship. Out-of-state students receive an annual stipend of $14,700and out-of-state tuition waivers.

“We are very pleased to welcome these outstanding students to the Foundation Fellowship,” said David S. Williams, director of UGA’s Honors Program. “They have remarkable records and potential, and I am confident that they will make great contributions both on and beyond campus.”

The Foundation Fellows enroll in UGA’s academically rigorous Honors Program and receive individual attention and support from a senior faculty mentor and a current Fellow. They also participate in program events throughout the academic year such as dinner seminars in the homes of faculty and special meetings with distinguished visiting speakers.

The Fellows were chosen from 948 applicants. Finalists attended a campus interview weekend in February. The visit included faculty-led seminars, social gatherings with current Fellows, and a round of interviews with senior faculty, Foundation trustees, Fellows alumni, and university staff.

The average SAT score for the class of 2014 is 1553. Their average grade point average is 4.20 on a 4.0 scale, which indicates extra points for Advanced Placement courses. The Fellows’ high school academic and extracurricular profiles also are noteworthy.

The Foundation Fellows may renew the scholarship for an additional three years as long as they maintain cumulative 3.5 grade point averages 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 15 incoming freshmen will bring the current number of Fellows to 73.

For more information on UGA’s Foundation Fellow program, visit and click on Foundation Fellows.

The 2010 Foundation Fellows are:

Name / Hometown / High School / Parent(s)

From Georgia

Clarke County

David Richman Millard / Athens / Athens Academy / Larry Millard & Cheryl Goldsleger

Clara Marina Nibbelink / Athens / Cedar Shoals High School / Nathan & Heidi Nibbelink

Fulton County

Smitha Ganeshan / Johns Creek / Northview High School / Ram & Latha Ganeshan

Blake Elizabeth Shessel / Atlanta / The Lovett School / Fred & Sheila Shessel

Kishore Pavan Vedala / Alpharetta / Alpharetta High School / Prasad & Lakshmi Vedala

Glynn County

Jacqueline Elizabeth Van De Velde / St. Simons Island / Glynn Academy / Richard & Sharon Van De Velde

Gwinnett County

Anisha Ramchandra Hegde / Lilburn / Brookwood High School / Ramchandra & Madhuri Hegde

Rachel Claire Sellers / Suwanee / South Forsyth High School / Sam & Susan Sellers

Pickens County

Paul Alexander Kirschenbauer / Jasper / Baylor School / Klaus & Marguerite Kirschenbauer

Whitfield County

Jeremiah Hudson Stevens / Rocky Face / Northwest Whitfield High School / David & Lisa Stevens

From Out-of-State

Sara Thomas Black / Mountain Brook, Ala. / Mountain Brook High School / Philip & Susan Black

Jesse Yuen-Fu Chan / Goodlettsville, Tenn. / Beech High School / Kam Chan & Pikki Lai

Joseph Elliott Gerber / Lincolnshire, Ill. / Adlai E. Stevenson High School / Robert & Mary Gerber

Philip Joseph Grayeski / Raritan, N.J. / Bridgewater-Raritan Regional High School / Richard & Margaret Grayeski

William Taylor Henry / Nashville, Tenn. / Montgomery Bell High School / William & Susan Henry