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In Support of Talent

At SCU, some of the world’s best students come and go with the support of scholarships.

From incoming first-year students who have attained high levels of academic achievement to outgoing students and alumni focused on making the world a better, and better understood, place, scholarships help recognize, support, and reward scholars of promising talent while they explore their personal potential and develop deep leadership skills.

At SCU, several recent announcements highlight the importance of scholarships and the work they support.

Farther Afield

It was just announced that three seniors and a 2015 graduate are headed to the Czech Republic, Morocco, Ghana and Australia as Fulbright Scholars. That volume of Fulbright winners puts SCU among the top 5 percent of similar schools nationwide.

The prestigious Fulbright scholarship grants fuel the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The Fulbright program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and in more than 155 foreign countries.

Here’s where Santa Clara’s Fulbright winners are going:

  • Lindsey Allen ’16 (Morocco). The senior political science major from Oak Park, Illinois, studied and conducted field research in Morocco while a student. She’ll be heading back to the North African country to advocate for social entrepreneurship as an economic growth strategy. During her academic career she also traveled to Tanzania and Uganda as a Global Social Benefit Fellow of SCU’s Miller Center for Social Entprepreneurship.
  • Clara Cushing ’16 (Czech Republic). The senior classics and English double major will be an English teaching assistant in the Central European country. The 21-year-old from Monterey, California, a descendant of European emigres, has three years of experience as an ESL tutor. She used American literature as a way to help her students understand American culture, past and present. She also studied abroad in Rome.
  • Sean Reilly ’16 (Queensland, Australia). The environmental science and biology double major will study efforts to remove the pond apple, an invasive fruit tree that spreads aggressively outside its native range and can smother native species. In Queensland, he’ll be working with aboriginal people who serve as rangers to protect marine areas, mangroves, freshwater wetlands, rainforest-clad mountains, coastal plains, beaches, reefs and islands. The 22-year-old San Jose native is president of SCU’s GREEN Club and has conducted research with SCU faculty on the dynamics of atmospheric-river storms.
  • Stephanie Goodman ’15 (Ghana). The public health science and political science double major from Kirkland, Washington, will evaluate the effect that enrollment in Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme has had on trauma-related mortality. While at SCU she was a campus EMT and worked as a research assistant on the Minerva Initiative, which focused on the process of establishing peace after a national conflict. She spent a summer as a Global Fellow in Ghana and went to Bosnia and Jordan to observe the effects of international participation in establishing peace.

On Campus

The doors are about to swing open to the latest cohort of Johnson Scholars. These are high school seniors who demonstrate such exceptional talent and promise as leaders in building a better world that the University offers them merit awards covering full tuition and room and board.

The decision deadline for students offered admission as 2016 Johnson Scholars is May 1.

Current Johnson Scholars include:

    • Alaina Boyle ’17 (Rocklin, California). She directed a talent show in high school to raise money to build schools in Uganda. Last summer, supported by a Johnson Leadership Fellows grant, she traveled to the small West African country of The Gambia and taught teenage girls to be teachers.
    • Drew Descourouez ’19 (Los Altos, California). He served on the youth advisory committee of Free the Children, with whom he traveled to Kenya and China. He founded Bellarmine's Free the Children Club, working to inspire others to make a difference in the world, and he has a passion for working on social justice issues.
    • Owen Huelsbeck ’18 (Tacoma, Washington). He co-founded a nonprofit organization aimed at eliminating youth homelessness in his home area of Pierce County.
    • Harshitha Mogallapalli ’18 (Brookfield, Wisconsin). She studied piano and Indian classical music from a young age and in high school founded a nonprofit to work with inner city students and build a community through music.

Green Candidate

Santa Clara University junior environmental studies and sciences and communication double major Déjà Thomas ’17 has been chosen for a highly selective Udall Undergraduate Scholarship for environmental study.

The award from Udall Foundation honors college sophomores and juniors who exhibit leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to American Indian nations or to the environment. The award funds up to $7,000 for study, as well as a four-day networking summer orientation in Tucson, Arizona, where scholars work on environmental case studies with alumni of the program.

Thomas came to SCU from Bellevue, Washington, committed to environmental studies after having studied landfills, composting and recycling as a high-school intern with Bellevue’s Environmental Stewardship Initiative. She joined the Sustainable Living Undergraduate Research Project (SLURP) class as a first-year student, and helped advance the movement to encourage and facilitate cold-water use in residence hall washing machines. She was chosen as a Global Social Benefit Fellow for this summer, when she will travel to Mpigi Uganda to research the impact of a company that makes affordable, naturally sourced sanitary pads for girls.

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