Matthew Crim and Sarah Sattelmeyer, both Foundation Fellows and members of the Honors Program, have been named recipients of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship.
Seventy-six scholars were selected from 67 institutions nationwide; UGA is one of only eight of those institutions to have multiple recipients this year.
The Truman Scholarship is a high achievement for Crim and Sattelmeyer, who have similar majors and are in many of the same classes. In fact, the two students were laboratory partners in introductory biology in the first semester of their freshman year.
“These scholarship awards are further proof that UGA students are academically competitive with students anywhere in this country,” says President Michael F. Adams. “The roster of UGA students who have won major academic scholarships over the past several years is a source of pride for all who care about this university and is a reflection of the quality of the faculty and the rigor of the curriculum.”
The mission of the Truman Scholarship Foundation is to find and recognize college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the non-profit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in public service, and to provide them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training, and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.
“This is wonderful news,” says Delmer Dunn, vice president for instruction. “The scholarship is one of the most competitive in the country. Both Sarah and Matt have great potential to make a significant difference in contributions to public service in the future.”
Crim attended Cartersville High School and is working on dual degrees: a B.S. in cellular biology and an A.B. in political science. He is currently director of recruitment and development for University Judiciary, the student-run judicial body for the university community. He is also involved in several choral activities, including the Accidentals (an a cappella ensemble), the Men’s Glee Club and the African American Choral Ensemble. He is conducting immunology research on the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi with Rick Tarleton of the cellular biology department.
After graduation in May 2005, he intends to pursue an M.D. and M.P.H graduate degree with concentrations in health policy and biological security.
Sattelmeyer attended Tucker High School. She is majoring in both biology and English and intends to graduate in May 2005. She currently is serving as president of the campus chapter of Habitat for Humanity. She is the programming chair for the Honors Program Student Council and has been active in the Girl Scouts.
Sattelmeyer is currently a research assistant in the medical microbiology lab of veterinary college professor Julie Moore and served as a research intern at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory in 2002. Later this year she will complete an internship with Global Service Corps in Tanzania.
After graduation, she will pursue M.P.H. and D.P.H. degrees with concentrations in social behavior and reproductive health.