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

UGA Alumni Association Scholars and Fellows

Faculty Writing Fellow

Sarah Covert Dr. Sarah Covert earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Dartmouth College and her doctorate in bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She joined the faculty at UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources in 1993 and has conducted research on the molecular genetics of fungal pathogens of plants. In 2009, Dr. Covert became the associate dean for academic affairs for Warnell. In this role, she oversees the school's instructional programs and student services.

Endowed Scholar

Michael Crosby

Michael Crosby is a senior from Sandy Springs, Ga.. He graduated from Riverwood International Charter School in 2010. Majoring in computer science, Michael has enjoyed working with Dr. Christopher Plaue. He has interned with Deutsche Bank in Cary, N.C., as a software engineer. He hopes to enter the field following graduation.  


Endowed Scholar

Mary Nguyen Mary Nguyen is a junior 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

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

Sarah Whitfield Sarah Whitfield is from Cumming, Ga., and graduated from North Forsyth High School in May 2012. She is majoring in biology with a pre-med intent and plans to continue her education to become a pediatric oncologist.

Miss UGA Platform Sponsorship

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

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

LeJoi Lane LeJoi Lane is a freshman 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

Daniella Weston Daniella Weston is a junior from Marietta, Ga., and a graduate of Walton High School. She is a marketing and Spanish major. Weston hopes to continue her education and earn her MBA from UGA following graduation in 2015. She has studied abroad in Argentina and currently works in Guest Services at the UGA Hotel and Conference Center.

Costa Rica Study Abroad Scholar

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

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

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

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

Claire Frost is from Marietta, Ga., where she graduated from Pope High School. A junior, she is an intended co-major of marketing and international business. She aspires to graduate with a minor in Spanish and a certificate in British and Irish Studies. She enjoys tutoring Athens area children at Oasis Católico and attending UGA football and Atlanta Braves games.

Cortona Study Abroad Scholar

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

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

Chandler Greer Chandler Greer is a freshman from Lawrenceville, Ga. He graduated from Peachtree Ridge High School in 2013 and is majoring in psychology with a pre-med intent. Chandler plans to go to medical school after graduation in anticipation of becoming a cognitive psychiatrist.

Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities (CURO) Honors Summer Research Fellow

Lydia (Meg) Babcock-Adams Meg Babcock-Adams is a third-year student in the combined degree program sponsored by the UGA Honors Program. She is currently working toward a bachelor's degree in chemistry, a bachelor's degree in marine sciences and a master's degree in marine sciences. Meg is conducting two research projects - analyzing Deep Ocean Refractory Carbon in the North Pacific and analyzing sediment samples for petroleum-derived compounds in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Upon graduation, Meg plans to pursue a Ph.D. in marine sciences.
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