Record Setting Year: Tech Students Awarded National Scholarships

Georgia Tech students were awarded the highest number of national scholarships in school history according to the Georgia Institute of Technology Fellowship Communication Program office. Tech had 10 nationally competitive scholarship recipients, including 6 Fulbright winners, which is double the number in previous years.

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"Georgia Tech increases its global presence by encouraging students to apply for national awards," said Karen Adams, interim director of the Fellowship Communications Program. "Along with the six Fulbright winners, we had a Mitchell scholar, a Udall scholar, a Truman Scholar, and a USA Today's 2009 All-USA College Academic Team. In addition, a Georgia Tech alumna has just been selected for an ERASMUS award for a two-year program in Germany and Spain."

The Fellowship Communication Program's mission is to assist students with the application process for national scholarships, as well as to help them identify what opportunities might present the best option for them.

"Georgia Tech has phenomenal students," said Adams. "If we give them the proper information and encouragement, along with a little guidance on how to write a nationally competitive essay, then we can continue to see our students achieve these national honors."

Adams says that most students need a little assistance pulling out the details of their own story. The Fellowship Communication Program helps focus students on what will make a difference in their writing and their approach to the application process.

"Students need to tell a story about themselves that shows their values, the kind of impact that their research is going to make, and the kind of impact that they want their life to make."

According to Adams, the Fellowship Communication Program also needs the faculty's assistance in identifying and encouraging students to pursue these national honors. "We are one of a select group of schools in the US able to nominate two students for a Churchill award for a year at Cambridge University, but sometimes we do not even have two nominees. I would like to have suggestions for highly qualified seniors in science, engineering, math, and technology to identify good candidates. They need encouragement now to meet the campus application deadline in September."

Fulbright booklets are available now in French 105. Information about fall Fulbright applications is available online at www.fulbrightonline.org. The campus deadline for Fulbright applications for 2010-2011 is September 18.

The campus deadline for Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Gates, Churchill, and Gates applications is September 10. Students need to work with the Fellowship office on applications during the summer.

Students interested in scholarship information can contact Karen Adams at Karen.Adams@provost.gatech.edu.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.