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2013-2014 Award Winners

Faith Cooke is an Integrated Marketing Communications major minoring in Spanish.  She is a recepiant of the Gilman Study Abroad Schoalrship and is currently abroad.

Emily Hockett is a Psychology and Spanish double major who plans to study mental disorders that commonly affect the elderly in a doctoral neuroscience program. Moreover, she wants to be able to communicate effectively with more individuals in her environment. She is a Close Scholar, Life Scholar, McNair Scholar, Ann Cato Corps Scholar, and Lois Rhame West Scholar. She is studying Spanish in Costa Rica in the fall of 2014; she is a winner of both the Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship and Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Scholarship.

Melanie Jones is a Fine Arts major and 2014 recipient of the Gilman Study Abroad Schoalrship.  She is currently studying abroad.

Kyle McDaniel is a junior Biology and French double major. He applied for three nationally competitive awards in the 2013-2014 academic year: the Gilman, Udall, and Goldwater scholarships. He won the full amount granted by the Gilman Award and is currently studying abroad in Madagascar, where he will develop field research skills that will complement his research being conducted at Winthrop on meiofaunal food webs. Upon graduating, Kyle plans to attend graduate school and get his Ph.D. in molecular ecology.

Alex Muller graduated in May 2014 with a B.A. in English, Creative Writing. Over the past few years, Alex has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Winthrop Literary and Arts Journal The Anthology, volunteered with the Arts in Medicine Club, and has been involved with the Winthrop chapters of Sigma Tau Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi honors societies. During the summer of 2013, Alex traveled to France with the help of the Geraldine Trammel Hurley Fellowship, where he spent time at the Bordeneuve Retreat for Artists and Writers and worked on writing and compiling his original poetry for an honors thesis collection.  This year he applied for several nationally competitive awards including the Jack Kent Cooke Award, the Elie Wiesel Prize in Ethics, various Sigma Tau Delta Scholarships, and a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. He was recently recognized as the winner of the Sigma Tau Delta Senior Scholarship, and his essay on Shakespeare's King Lear won the Frederic Fadner Critical Essay Award for The Sigma Tau Delta Critical Review. Alex is currently pursuing a graduate degree at Wake Forest, where he accepted an offer for full funding.

Matthew Neal earned his BS in Mathematics from Winthrop in May of 2014.  He has been involved in research in the department since its first summer experience with several faculty in mathematics and biology.  As an undergraduate, Matthew planned to complete the undergraduate program in teacher education but worked with Ms. Okey to explore ways to allow our teaching fellows to pursue the MAT5 program. The winner of the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowship, Matthew graduated a member of the Honors Program and started the MAT5 in June 2014.

Jeanne Stroud graduated as an English Literature and Language Major from Charleston, SC. As a cross country and track athlete, she had great success in her sport and in the classroom; she was named the Big South Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for her sport five times, and she also earned the honor of Female Outstanding Track Performer for her 2013 outdoor track season. Her years as an athlete led her to devote a lot of her time to the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and its community service efforts. She is also an active member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa honors societies. Through ONCA, Jeanne applied for The Rhodes Scholarship, The Marshall Scholarship, the Sigma Tau Delta Senior Scholarship, and the Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship. After graduating in May 2014 she now attends the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she will earn her master’s degree in Library Science.

Hannah Swan, a recent Winthrop graduate, was a math major after transferring from an art program her sophomore year. In her time at Winthrop, she was awarded the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Senior Scholarship, Kate V. Wofford Scholarship, and Robert M. Ward scholarship. She applied for the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship and was awarded an Honorable Mention. In the fall of 2014, she began graduate school for applied mathematics and plans to continue conducting interdisciplinary research in the future.

Sigourney Woodfork graduated from Winthrop in December of 2013 with a degree in Integrated Marketing Communication which pertains to all things advertising, marketing, and public relations. In addition, she pursued a minor in French language, culture as well as international studies. She hopes to blend her marketing communications background and interest in foreign cultures to work with socially focused initiatives that help solve global issues. Since graduating she has begun working as a media coordinator at a boutique advertising agency in Charlotte, NC. Currently, she is a finalist for the Fulbright scholarship, which she applied for with the intention of spending a year in France researching the effectiveness of sexual health communications for minority groups in France. Sigourney is also in the final interview phase for the Rotary Club International’s Global Grant, which may possibly award her $30,000 to pursue both this project and her Master’s at American University Paris in France.


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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