Ten UND students have received prominent national scholarships, and were recognized by university administrators and their mentoring faculty members, at an on-campus event on Friday, Nov. 19.
The students represent a variety of majors across the campus. About 40 people, including students' family members, gathered in Columbia Hall for the recognition event, led by Provost Eric Link.
“Indeed, all of the recipients here today have done outstanding work and earned significant national recognition through these scholarships,” Link said. “While the geographic locations and academic pursuits differ with each of these scholars, they all share a common bond of wanting to further their knowledge in order to give back to their communities and make this world a better place.”
The scholarships will aid students in furthering their studies in countries including Scotland, Germany and Taiwan. Other students will work with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, or study economics at Harvard University.
Yee Han Chu, UND’s academic support and fellowship opportunities coordinator, said it’s important to recognize students for their academic efforts.
“It’s important to have achievement witnessed,” Chu said. “It's very good for the students to know that people recognize them and recognize their work and their contribution.
Among the students at the ceremony was Cheyden Paulson, a UND junior. Paulson is the winner of a Critical Language Scholarship from the U.S. State Department. He will study Azerbaijani during the summer of 2021.
“I definitely didn't know about the opportunities that are out there until I got (to UND) and was surrounded by people who were letting me know what was available,” he said.
Other students and their scholarships include:
Kacie Baumler, Rotary Global Grant Scholarship; Frances Eby, Boren (graduate) Fellowship alternate; Nathan Foster, Boren Scholarship; Patricia Hopp, NOAA/Hollings Scholarship; Merrick McMahon, Udall Scholarship, Cobell Scholarship and Indian Health Services Scholarship; Sydney Menne, DAAD-RISE Germany Scholarship; Erin Morin, Cobell Scholarship and Wells Fargo American Indian Scholarship; Michelle Nguyen, American Economic Association's Summer Program at Howard University and Shealynn Wells, Cobell Scholarship, Tribal Scholars Scholarship and United Health Foundations Scholarship.