UGA Alumni Association:

Thanks to the generous supporters of the Georgia Fund for the UGA Alumni Association, we are proud to provide financial assistance to 16 students and faculty.  Each recipient displays UGA’s excellence both in the classroom and out in the world.  For more information on UGA Alumni Association scholarships and fellowships, please contact Marcus Jennings at mrj@uga.edu.


UGA Alumni Association Scholars and Fellows


Diversity Research Scholarship for Graduate Students

(2014-2015)

Luis R. Alvarez-Hernandez Luis R. Alvarez–Hernandez will be completing a Master of Social Work at UGA in May 2014. As a student and social worker, Luis has focused his research on diversity. He is currently working with the HIV/AIDS, mental health, substance abuse, and minority populations through clinical and outreach interventions.
 

Diversity Research Scholarship for Graduate Students

(2014-2015)

Lindsay Brown Lindsay Brown is a doctoral student in the Industrial–Organizational Psychology program. Born in Singapore and raised in Houston, she arrived in Athens after receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Houston. Her research is centered on contemporary forms of prejudice and discrimination in the workplace.
 

Diversity Research Scholarship for Graduate Students

(2014-2015)

Rachel Powell Rachel Powell is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Promotion & Behavior. She was born and raised in Houston, and earned a bachelor's degree at Mercer University and a master's degree from Tulane University. Upon graduation in 2014, she hopes to continue her research in breastfeeding, health communication and childhood obesity.
 

Graduate School Faculty and Staff Diversity Award (2013-2014)

Freda Scott Giles Freda Scott Giles earned her PhD in theatre at the City University of New York Graduate School. Jointly appointed to the Department of Theatre and Film Studies and the Institute for African American Studies (IAAS), she joined the UGA faculty in 1995. She became associate director of IAAS in 2009. Her research and teaching cover a broad spectrum of drama and theatre history, theory and criticism.
 

Faculty Writing Fellow (2014-2015)

Dr. Tina Harris (AB '90, MA '92) is professor in the Department of Speech Communication, where is is also an alumnus. She earned her doctorate in speech communication from the University of Kentucky and returned to UGA in 1998. Dr. Harris was recognized for her hard work and dedication to teaching by being selected as a 2010 recipient of UGA's esteemed Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, the institution's highest teaching honor. Dr. Harris has also received the Georgia Board of Regents' Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, UGA's International Diversity Award and the Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, just to name a few. 
 

Endowed Scholar (2014-2015)

Maura O'Kane is a freshman at UGA and she is from Savannah, Georgia. Maura plans to major in biology and enter the health field as a nurse practioner or physician's assistant. Her academic interests include psychology and literature. An avid soccer player, Maura also enjoys writing and reading in her spare time. 

 

Endowed Scholar (2014-2015)

Mary Nguyen Mary Nguyen is a senior from Norcross, Ga. She graduated from the Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology. Majoring in exercise and sports science, Mary hopes to become a physical therapist and is interested in exploring alternative therapies being used in the field.
 

Endowed Scholar (2014-2015)

Joy Williams Joy Williams is a graduate student in the MA/PhD program in the sociology department. She was born in Minneapolis, Minn., and was raised in Dallas, Texas. She completed her undergraduate degree in sociology of law, criminology and deviance with a minor in youth studies. Topics that inspire her most are those which have promising implications for juvenile delinquency rehabilitation or prevention. She aspires to be a Sociology professor and conduct research for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
 

Endowed Scholar (2014-2015)

Brittany Booker, a marketing student in the Terry College of Business, is in her third year at UGA. Following graduation in 2016, Brittany aspires to work at one of the Big Four firms. She also hopes to aid in the fight against global human trafficking. In her spare time, Brittany can be found perfecting her top spin on the tennis court or cheering on the Dawgs at a variety of sporting events. 
 

Miss UGA Platform Sponsorship (2013-2014)

Adeline Kenerly Adeline Kenerly is a sophomore from Jesup, Ga. She is an honors student and has been on the Dean’s List throughout her college career. Adeline is majoring in broadcast journalism, and is a member of numerous campus organizations, including Zeta Tau Alpha, UGA Majorettes for the Redcoat Band, UGA Relay for Life and the Student Government Association. Adeline is the daughter of the 1981 Miss UGA, Joy Bland Kenerly (ABJ '85). 
 

Black Alumni Scholar (2014-2015)

Dedrek L. Bryant Dedrek L. Bryant hails from Valdosta, Ga., where he graduated from Valdosta High School. He is a pre-business and economics major. Dedrek also was awarded the Black Faculty Staff Organization scholarship. After graduation, Dedrek plans to attend law school.
 

Black Alumni Scholar (2014-2015)

LeJoi Lane LeJoi Lane is a junior from Atlanta and graduated from Henry W. Grady High School. She is interested in journalism, especially feature journalism. Her majors are mass media arts and consumer journalism.
 

Study Abroad Fellowship (2014-2015)

Meghan Tait was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, but considers Athens her second home. A second year at UGA, Meghan is studying Ecology and hopes to pursue a career in conservation. She enjoys the outdoors and is excited to participate in UGA's Costa Rica Tropical Biology Program. 
 

Costa Rica Study Abroad Scholar (2014-2014)

Jakarah Everett Jakarah Everett is a third-year student from Lithonia, Ga. She is a sociology major who plans to pursue her juris doctorate at the UGA School of Law.
 

Costa Rica Study Abroad Scholar (2013-2014)

Caren Remillard Caren Remillard is a second-year graduate student from Atlanta. She completed her undergraduate studies in anthropology at Emory University and now serves as center lead for the NASA DEVELOP National Program for the UGA node. She is studying capuchin monkey habitats in Costa Rica through the integration of NASA satellite imagery, GIS and field data with the goal of assisting communities in developing habitat conservation plans.
 

Costa Rica Study Abroad Scholar (2013-2014)

Alexandra Wertheimer Alexandra Wertheimer, a junior at UGA, is from Dunwoody, Ga., and is studying cognitive science and Spanish. She has studied abroad in Costa Rica and hopes to volunteer in Latino communities upon graduation in hopes of becoming more fluent in Spanish. She is a banquet server with Trumps Catering and tutors local elementary school students in her free time.
 

Costa Rica Study Abroad Scholar (2013-2014)

Jennifer Meyer Jennifer Meyer is a senior from Buford, Ga., majoring in science education with a minor in ecology. She is planning to bring her experiences and knowledge of Costa Rican ecology into her future classroom to stimulate students' interest in the biological sciences.
 

Oxford Study Abroad Scholar (2014-2015)

Caitlyn Daniels was born in Philadelphia and raised in Atlanta. A graduate of Walton High School, Caitlyn will graduate from UGA in December 2014 with a degree in English. 
 

Cortona Study Abroad Scholar (2013-2014)

Lillian Smith

Lillian Smith is a senior from Decatur, Ga., where she graduated from Decatur High School. Born and raised in Bermuda, she was learned to appreciate art and traveling. She is a fine arts major with a concentration in textile design, and is currently working on her exit show that will take place in May 2014. Upon graduation, Lillian hopes to see as much of the world as possible while furthering her artistic ambitions and expanding her horizons.

 

Endowed Scholar (2013-2014)

Ibrahim Carson Ibrahim Carson is a first-year student from Atlanta. He is studying biomedical engineering to improve technology offerings in the medical field so doctors will be able to perform tasks that have never been done before. He is a Gates Millennium scholar, using Gates funds to pursue his dreams and better his community.
 

Black Alumni Scholar (2014-2015)

Charles Orgbon III is a freshman at UGA. At age 12, Charles noticed his school's littering problem and began to lead school-based community beautification projects. Six years later, Greening Forward, a youth-driven and youth-imagined organiztion, is the largest of its kind. In all, Greening Forward has distributed more than $40,000 in funding to youth environmental projects. The Children's Museum of Indianapolis has dedicated a permanent piece of the Power of Children exhibit to Charles' efforts. 
 

Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Honors Summer Research Fellow (2014-2015)

Andrew Jarnigan is a third-year History major and Arabic minor from Atlanta. He spent the summer of 2014 coducting research into the politics surrounding Coca-Cola and Egypt's participation in the Arab boycott of Isreal with support from the CURO Summer Fellowship. Andrew has previously studied in Morocco, and as a 2014 Boren Scholar, he will spend the coming academic year studying Arabic in Amman, Jordan. After graduation, Andrew hopes to pursue a graduate degree in history and join the U.S. State Department as a diplomat or linguist. 
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