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Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA)


2012-2013 Award Winners 

Sharon Jenkins completed her undergraduate degree in Biology from Winthrop in May 2011 and started the traditional MAT in Biology the following fall. As an undergraduate Sharon was a peer mentor and worked in research with Dr. Grossoehme. Sharon is a WISE scholar and GA in CAS college office. Sharon will finish the MAT in December 2013. She won the Knowles Science Teaching Fellowship, which will support her professionally and financially for up to five years through a teacher preparation program to eligibility for tenure.

Allison Keller is a Theatre Major with a concentration in performance and a minor in Psychology. She is a first generation college student and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Alpha Lambda Delta, and Alpha Psi Omega. She plans to study abroad in England at Edge Hill University for her entire junior year. Her hope is that while in England she can learn styles of acting that are not offered in the United States. With those styles under her belt she will then come back to the U.S. and try to increase respect for and acceptance of these styles in the acting world here. Allison is a 2012 spring recipient of the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship.

Anna Ponds is a senior Family and Consumer Sciences major, with a concentration in Youth Issues and a minor in Spanish. She comes from a family of ten children, two of which have graduated from Winthrop University previously. She currently has a 3.89 GPA and will be graduating in May 2014. She is a two-year leader on the Ministry Team of the Reformed University Fellowship campus ministry at Winthrop. In addition, she is a lifetime member of the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.In fall of 2012, she applied for and was awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for a spring 2013 semester abroad in Sevilla, Spain. She studied in Sevilla to not only complete most of her Spanish minor but also to learn to speak the Spanish language within the context of the culture and people there. After she graduates from Winthrop, she plans to pursue a Master’s certification in Counseling from a theological seminary so she can work as a Certified Counselor with adolescent females, hopefully in a Spanish-speaking country.

For previous recipients, please visit the archive.

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