Westminster Students Selected For Prestigious National Scholarships
SALT LAKE CITY – Westminster is proud to announce four of its exceptional students have been selected for national scholarships:
Westminster junior Ashley Pedersen, a member of the Honors Program, is the college’s first-ever winner of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship. The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields. The foundation awards 75 scholarships per year of $5,000 to help cover tuition, room, board and books. Pedersen is an environmental studies major whose research has focused on how environmental issues impact people of low socio-economic status. She will continue her undergraduate degree at Westminster and go on to pursue graduate work in environmental studies.
Westminster senior Raquel Gabbitas has been selected for the Diversity of Views and Experiences (DOVE) Fellowship at the University of Minnesota where she will pursue a doctorate in neuropsychology. The prestigious DOVE Fellowship is awarded to approximately 15 to 20 first-year students from under-represented groups (U.S. citizens or permanent residents) and provides a $22,000 stipend, tuition at regular graduate school rates (up to 14 credits per semester) and subsidized health insurance for one academic year. As a McNair Scholar, Gabbitas has been on track to pursue her graduate degree since she was a sophomore.
Westminster graduate Andrew Shaver was selected for the Pat Roberts Intelligence Scholarship (PRISP). PRISP is intended to help the individual components (15 separate intelligence agencies) of the U.S. Intelligence Community recruit and develop new analysts possessing critical linguistic or scientific skills. Scholars receive a training fund of up to $25,000 per year with which to cover expenses directly related to individual-based intensive language training. A David L. Boren Scholar and Summa Cum Laude graduate of the College with degrees in economics and international business, Shaver has worked for the U.S. Department of State, the International Trade Administration, the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress, and U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch. He has lived in Kuwait, Lebanon, Egypt, and Spain, and speaks Egyptian Colloquial and Modern Standard Arabic, Castilian Spanish, and some Farsi. He presently works in Iraq as a project manager with the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Task Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations - Iraq. He has declined the scholarship in order to continue his work with the Task Force.
Westminster senior Dusty Moore has been selected for the ThinkSwiss Research Scholarship. ThinkSwiss provides a $700/month stipend (maximum of three months) to 15 talented U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. Awardees are selected to conduct research at a Swiss university or research lab with a research group of their choice. Moore, a biology major, will be working with stem cells through a technique using hydrogels.
Westminster is a nationally recognized, comprehensive liberal arts college. With a broad array of graduate and undergraduate programs, Westminster is distinguished by its unique environment for learning. Westminster prepares students for success through active and engaged learning, real world experiences and its vibrant campus community. Westminster’s unique location, adjacent to the Rocky Mountains and to the dynamic city of Salt Lake, further enriches the college experience. For more information visit www.westminstercollege.edu.