Thirty-five seniors receive national and international scholarships and fellowships

Author: Brittany Collins Kaufman


In addition to the 15 University of Notre Dame senior recipients of Fulbright fellowships, the National Science Foundation and other organizations have awarded 20 scholarships and fellowships to members of the University’s Class of 2017.

The following students received National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, which provide funding for research-based study leading to a master’s or doctoral degree in science (including social sciences), technology, engineering and math: Bradley Bowles, biological sciences, Brownsburg, Indiana; Julia Butterfield, mechanical engineering, Carmichael, California; Paulina Eberts, chemical engineering, Columbus, Ohio; and Sreeraahul Kancherla, mathematics, economics, “Kellogg International Scholar”: and Sorin Scholars Program, Waxhaw, North Carolina.

Two seniors received Rhodes Scholarships. Alexis Doyle, from Los Altos, California, is a biological sciences and peace studies major in the Glynn Family Honors Program and Hesburgh-Yusko Scholars Program. Grace Watkins, from Blacksburg, Virginia, is a philosophy major with a minor in philosophy, politics and economics, a Kellogg International Scholar and a Sorin Scholar.

Watkins and Caleb “C.J.” Pine, an Arabic and peace studies student in the Glynn Family Honors Program and a Hesburgh-Yusko scholar from Westminster, Colorado, both received a Truman Scholarship, which includes $30,000 in graduate study funds, priority admission and supplemental financial aid at select institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and internship opportunities within the federal government.

John Huber, an applied and computational mathematics and statistics major with a concentration in biological sciences, from Gainesville, Florida, received a Gates Cambridge Scholarship for advanced study at the University of Cambridge.

Jinggang “Jenny” Ng, a political science major with minors in business economics and Portuguese and Brazilian studies and a Kellogg International Scholar from Hong Kong, received a fellowship from the Yenching Academy. The fellowship funds a one-year master of China studies program in that prestigious college within Peking University.

Lauren Feist, a political science and international economics student and Kellogg International Scholar from Rapid City, South Dakota; Theresa Rinaldo, an Arabic and peace studies student from Orchard Park, New York; and Sienna Wdowik, an Arabic and political science major, Hesburgh-Yusko scholar, Kellogg International Scholar and member of the Glynn Family Honors Program from Fort Collins, Colorado, each received a federal Boren Scholarship to study abroad.

Three students received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad. Moira Horn, a gender studies and pre-health studies student from Lakewood, Ohio, studied in Puebla, Mexico, in fall 2015. Areli Rodriguez, an IT management and history student from Hammond, Indiana, studied in China in summer 2015. Juan Velazquez, an aerospace engineering student from Streamwood, Illinois, studied in Singapore in fall 2015.

A marketing and journalism, ethics and democracy student from Madison, Wisconsin, Cassidy McDonald was awarded a Luce Scholarship, which supports a one-year professional placement and cultural immersion experience in Asia.

Three seniors received U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission Summer Institute scholarships: Henry Dickman, accountancy and economics, Richmond, Indiana; Benjamin Fouch, finance and political science and Kellogg International Scholar, Brownsburg, Indiana; and Jacqueline Wilson, IT management, political science, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Dickman, Fouch and Wilson are all Hesburgh-Yusko scholars.

The University’s Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) provides students across the University with opportunities for research, scholarship and creative projects. The center assists them in finding faculty mentors, funding and venues for the publication or presentation of their work. It also promotes applications to national fellowship programs and prepares students in their application process. To learn more, visit

Originally published by Brittany Collins Kaufman at on May 16, 2017.