Campus News

Fifteen incoming students awarded Foundation Fellowships

UGA’s class of 2014 will include 15 students who have been awarded the Foundation Fellowship, the university’s premier undergraduate scholarship.

The 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 $14,700 and 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 2010 Foundation Fellows and their hometowns are: Sara Thomas Black, Mountain Brook, Ala.; Jesse Yuen-Fu Chan, Goodlettsville, Tenn.; Smitha Ganeshan, Johns Creek; Joseph Elliott Gerber, Lincolnshire, Ill.; Philip Joseph Grayeski, Raritan, N.J.; Anisha Ramchandra Hegde, Lilburn; William Taylor Henry, Nashville, Tenn.; Paul Alexander Kirschenbauer, Jasper; David Richman Millard, Athens; Clara Marina Nibbelink, Athens; Rachel Claire Sellers, Suwanee; Blake Elizabeth Shessel, Atlanta; Jeremiah Hudson Stevens, Rocky Face; Jacqueline Elizabeth Van De Velde, St. Simons Island; and Kishore Pavan Vedala, Alpharetta.

The Foundation Fellows enroll in the 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 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 program was created in 1972 by UGA Foundation trustees.