Athens, Ga. – Three 2011 mid-term Foundation Fellows have been named at the University of Georgia. The Foundation Fellows Program is the university’s premier undergraduate scholarship program and provides academic and cultural enrichment opportunities, including internships, research and study abroad.
The recipients are: JoyEllen Freeman, who is from Alpharetta, Ga. and pursuing bachelor’s degrees in English and English education; Camille Gregory, who is from Brentwood, Tenn. and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in geography; and Waring “Buck” Trible III, who is from Fredericksburg, Va. and pursuing bachelor’s degrees in entomology and ecology.
“I am very pleased to welcome JoyEllen, Camille, and Buck to the Foundation Fellowship,” said David S. Williams, director of the Honors Program and Foundation Fellowship. “As individuals, they each excel both in and beyond the classroom, and have remarkable records of academic achievement, leadership, and service. Together, they are sure to enrich the community of Fellows.”
Eligibility requirements include a minimum cumulative 3.85 GPA for students enrolled in the third semester of the Honors Program. During the last two years of undergraduate study, mid-term Fellows receive a scholarship that approximates the cost of university attendance. They also receive grants for travel-study, research and conference participation.
Freeman is already preparing for a teaching career with her current research endeavors as a participant in UGA’s Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities Apprentice program. She has been working under the guidance of English professor Barbara McCaskill, who is co-director of the Civil Rights Digital Library. Freeman researches and writes content for the online archive’s companion website that focuses on Georgia’s civil rights movement.
“I am honored to be part of an extraordinary group of scholars who are intelligent, driven and who seek to make a difference on a global scale,” said Freeman, who is a graduate of Milton High School.
Freeman serves as a mentor and tutor for adolescents through the Thomas Lay Community Center in Athens. She also is a poetry editor for the Mandala Journal, an online student-run multicultural journal published through UGA’s Institute for African American Studies.
Gregory, a UGA Ramsey Scholar who plans to become a human rights lawyer, has been involved with the Roosevelt Institute, the UGA chapter of a national student-run think tank. Under the guidance of Raye Rawls, a faculty member in UGA’s Fanning Institute, she prepared a policy paper analyzing domestic violence assessments used during divorce mediation. Parts of this paper were included in a recent edition of the Georgia Domestic Violence Benchbook.
“I am honored to be selected for the Foundation Fellowship, and I am thrilled by the opportunities it will provide for me to pursue my goals and further my career,” said Gregory, who is a graduate of Brentwood High School.
Gregory’s extracurricular activities include serving on the executive board of the Not For Sale student organization, which fights against human trafficking in the U.S. She also mentors a local high school student and is involved with Whatever It Takes Athens, a community initiative addressing local cradle-to-career educational concerns.
Trible, who is interested in pursuing an entomological research career in academia, has been conducting research on the invasive South American fire ants that are found in Georgia. He worked under the guidance of entomology professor Kenneth Ross. Trible plans to investigate the interaction between fire ants and coffee farms at UGA’s Costa Rica campus later this year.
“I am enormously grateful to have been selected.Between the Odum School of Ecology and the lively entomology department, this is a great place to learn biology,” said Trible, who is a graduate of James Monroe High School.
Trible has been a summer camp counselor and entomology instructor for middle and high school students for the Nature Camp Federation in Virginia.He is currently involved with campus conservation and sustainability initiatives through the UGA Ecology Club, the Students for Environmental Action and the Game Day Recycling Initiative.
The Foundation Fellows Program was established in 1972 by the trustees of the University of Georgia Foundation to provide an enhanced educational experience for academically outstanding undergraduate students.
For more information, see http://www.uga.edu/honors/ and click on Foundation Fellows.