Current Recipients

Elvira Berishev

Elvira Berishev

Major: Fairhaven Concentration on U.S-Russian relations
Gilman, Russia

Elvira enjoys the sense of community we have at Western. She thinks this is especially visible in Fairhaven College, where everyone seems to know everyone and are eager to help out whenever possible. Her Gilman award is for the spring semester of 2014. In addition to helping her with tuition, her award money will also give her opportunities to see the opera, ballet and many Russian theatre performances, which will help her immerse herself culturally in Russia.

Alice Bremner

Alice Bremner

Major: Fairhave Concentration in Medicine and Social Justice
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, India

After graduation Alice spent a year as an English Teaching Assistant in India through the Fulbright Program. Currently she is about to graduate from medical school at UW and will begin a residency in Internal Medicine in July, planning to become a primary care physician working with underserved patients. She has been involved in many activities during medical school with underserved communities.



Sarah Deland

Sarah Deland

Major: Biology with a marine emphasis
Hollings 2012

Sarah Deland attended the Ocean Research College Academy over her last two years of high school prior to coming to Western. She is currently completing her Hollings internship with the National Marine Fisheries Service in Beaufort, North Carolina, where She is investigating methods of sexing juvenile sea turtles using morphometric analyses. Sarah will then go back to Western this fall to complete her final year. Following that, she plans to take a year off from school before pursuing a Master's, and potentially Doctorate, degree. The Hollings program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduates to gain valuable research experience and explore career paths that are outside of academia. It is definitely a program any marine science majors (as well as other STEM majors) should look into and apply for.

Rebecca Donaldson

Rebecca Donaldson

Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Brazil

Rebecca has been awarded an English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil for the 2014 academic year. There she will work at a university with students who are learning English as a second language. Rebecca will also be conducting research in the favelas of Rocinha, where she will interview former students of 2Brothers, an organization that teaches English and other courses to young children and adults. Rebecca hopes to interview those who have been through the 2Brothers program in order to understand the overall impact of the education effort on the Rocinha community and to determine if these students have leveraged their new understanding of the English language and other skills to develop their subsequent careers. Rebecca looks forward to putting to practice all of the skills she has acquired over the last two years while working with Dr. Kendra Douglas. Since being her student and assistant Rebecca has developed her skills in Spanish and Portuguese, gained first-hand experience teaching and worked diligently on a wide range of research topics. Rebecca looks forward to having the opportunity to go out in the field and use these new skills in a practical setting.

Wesley Dyer

Wesley Dyer

Combined Major: Economics and Environmental Science
Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship

Wesley Dyer, a junior majoring in Economics and Environmental Science, received the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship from th;e National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This scholarship will support the last two years of his undergraduate education here at Western, up to $8,000 per year. As part of the scholarship, NOAA will place him in a paid internship during the summer following his junior year. Wesley plans to study environmental law after graduating.

This summer, as a part of the Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, Wesley interned for 10 weeks at NOAA’s Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) in Silver Spring, Maryland. His project focused on integrating smart growth approaches with hazard mitigation for coastal communities. He started by researching model smart growth and hazard ordinances, eventually finding a strong model coastal floodplain management bylaw. He analyzed the model bylaw for ways to integrate smart growth approaches, conferring with my mentors in OCRM and a contact in the Environmental Protection Agency. He compiled his recommended integrations in a report, which will serve as a step forward for NOAA and EPA as they continue their work on hazard mitigation and smart growth for coastal communities.

Dan Edgel

Dan Edgel

Major: Economics
Minors: Mathematics & Energy Policy
US Senate Internship with Senator Murray at Washington D.C Office

In the summer of 2014 Danny received an internship with Senator Patty Murray. According to Dan, his internship has been an incredible experience, and what excites him the most is the knowledge that he is doing something real. Even doing something as seemingly inconsequential as answering constituent calls or giving a tour of the Capitol Building, he knows that everything he does is a cog in the wheel of representative democracy, with real implications for policy or public perceptions of it.

Meredith Ekberg

Meredith Ekberg

Double Major: Art History and Studio Art
Smith College Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies

Meredith Ekberg received full funding to attend the 2010 Summer Institute in Art Museum Studies at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. The six-week program engages students in an in depth exploration of art museums. Weekly travels to over twenty museums in the New York and Boston area gave participants the opportunity to meet professionals in various museum departments. Class time was spent studying the history of museums, collection maintenance and growth, the importance of museum architecture, department organization, current museum challenges and funding opportunities. Essays and reading assignments focused attention on contemporary topics and encouraged reflection on recent travels. Workshops helped students coordinate and work in groups, explained how to pursue a career in the museum field and presented how to properly handle and care for works of art. Throughout the program participants planned and mounted an exhibition, and duties were divided amongst groups similar to the curatorial, design, education and marketing departments within a museum. As a member of the curatorial team, Meredith helped to select the works of art, theme and title of the exhibition, as well as write the catalogue introduction.

Valeria Fisher

Valeria Fisher

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Germany

Valeria Fisher was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Germany for the 2013-2014 academic year. She will be working in an English classroom ranging from the middle school to the university level. It will be her job to facilitate international dialogue between students and to deepen their understanding of America and the English language. While teaching, Valeria will be expanding on a research paper she started co-writing with Dr. Seth Feinberg on the media’s impact on reckless driving. valeria aspire to assist in an existing Model United Nations club at her school or to create her own and to volunteer with student exchange programs. She is beyond excited to begin this journey and to see one of her biggest academic dreams come to fruition.

Nicole Grambo

Nicole Grambo

Major: Spanish
Minors: Bilingual Education; Latin American Studies
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Uruguay

Nicole Grambo received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grant to take place in Uruguay. She is assisting in English language programs in schools and teacher training centers in the provinces as well as Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. Her responsibilities include giving presentations on topics related to the United States, sharing American culture and way of life with students, preparing activities to encourage students to communicate in English, and participating in or leading seminars, workshops and trainings. She also has the opportunity to take courses at local universities. Nicole plans to pursue a career in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language.

Maia Hanson

Maia Hanson

Double Major: Mathematics and Environmental Science
Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship--NOAA

In addition to being a Hollings recipient, Maia is also a fellow of Western’s mathematics department, where she works tutoring other students in calculus and linear algebra. Maia also wrote an Award Winning Eco Team Essay, entitled, “The Shop Girls,” recalling her participation in creating a car to race in the international Sell Eco Marathon, a competition that challenges teams to create the most fuel efficient cars.

Annaliese Isherwood, M.D

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Neurobiology Rhodes Scholar Finalist

Annaliese Isherwood, M.D., was a neurobiology major at Western and then went on to study medicine at the University of Washington. Among her other passions are her quarterly trips to Haiti, where she is developing a comprehensive medical records systems so that resident and visiting physicians can have access to the latest patient data. In addition, Annaliese was Western’s first Rhodes Scholar Finalist (2012), in itself an enormous accomplishment. She plans on working with low income populations as a general practitioner.


Mika Jones

Mika Jones

Double Major: Chinese and Japanese
Critical Languages Scholarship / Japanese Governmental Scholarship

Mika Jones is currently a student at Western where she is studying Chinese and Japanese in modern and classical languages and is in addition, a member of the honors program. Mika was raised in New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, where she encountered an unparalleled array of ethnic and racial diversity—an experience that profoundly shaped her. She is the winner of two Critical Languages Scholarships (one to Japan, one to China); she also won a prestigious Japanese Governmental Scholarship for Japanese Studies and will be thus occupied during the 2014-2015 school year, after which Mika will return to WWU to graduate.

Courtney Knox

Courtney Knox

Major: Math
Minor: Minor: Computer Science
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Germany

Courtney is very thankful to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Ernest F. Hollings NOAA Scholarship Program. She is looking forward to sharing her talents, skills and faith with those she gets to work with during her internship. One of the things she loves about being a Western student is how much the professors care and want students to succeed. Courtney think that the majority of the faculty are willing to go above and beyond what is expected to make sure that students understand course material and get the most out of their education.

Elani Koogle

Elani Koogle

Major: German
Fulbright ETA Brazil

According to Elani, one year from today I’ll be in Germany, helping high school students to improve their English. In addition to this I’ll be working on translating sections of The Whistling Season by Ivan Doing into German and asking for the help of native speakers to refine my translation. My hope is that my community will give me enough input on the translation; that it no longer belongs to me but to everyone! In particular, I hope that my students will participate and have a great time interacting with a book that showcases an interesting time in America and is one of my personal favorites.

Hillary Landers

Hillary Landers

Double Major: Environmental Education and Spanish
Fulbright ETA Brazil

The photo of Hillary was taken when she went to Guatemala in December 2012, arriving the day after the said “Mayan apocalypse.” Together with her sister, they stayed with a Mayan host family whose native language was T’su’tujil. The mother, Graciela, was president of a weaving coop in the pueblo of San Juan, along lake Atitlan, and gave them lessons on the blackstrap loom and taught us how to make natural dyes. Pretty magical!


Kaitlyn Lowder

Kaitlyn Lowder

Double Major: marine biology & creative writing
Hollings 2012

Kaitlyn Lowder is a rising senior with a double major in marine biology and creative writing. She's also part of the Honors program. Currently, Kaitlyn is working on her Hollings internship, and her focus has been on visualizing behavior of migrating Atlantic salmon smolts in the Penobscot Estuary in Maine. Next fall, She will attend graduate school, probably studying crustaceans, and work towards a Ph.D. She has really enjoyed this whole Hollings experience! She's made great connections across the country, got work experience that is unparalleled, and learned more about the organization she hopes to work for in the future.

Jennifer Mankin

Jennifer Mankin

Major: Linguistics
Minors: German and Japanese
Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Germany

Jennifer Mankin earned her B.A. in Linguistics and is a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant at a technical college in the town of Stadtroda, Germany. She is also attending classes at the university in nearby Jena. While enjoying life and community in Germany, Jennifer is developing her teaching and language skills in preparation for graduate study.

Ariel Morgan

Ariel Morgan

Fulbright-Garcia Robles Grant

As a recipient of the Fulbright-Garcia Robles Grant, Ariel Morgan looks forward to growing as a student and as a cultural ambassador. As a teaching assistant, Ariel will be able to put the training she has received from Western’s TESOL program to use on a daily basis. Additionally, she will be able to pursue her interest in identity and migration studies through oral interviews with members of the community in which she am placed. Ariel believes that transnational communities, such as those that exist between the US and Mexico, offer a window into a future where culture is as fluid as the economic model it supports.

Matthew Osborne

Matthew Osborn

Major: General Studies
Minors: Latin and Greek
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Austria

Matt was selected by the Austrian Fulbright Commission for the US Teaching Assistantship. So he will be a teaching assistant and will help students develop their conversational English skills and teach them about US-American culture. He was assigned to two schools: his primary assignment is at a business oriented technical high school and the second is at a college preparatory high school. Both schools are in the town of Hallein, which is about 20 kilometers south of Salzburg. The assistantship lasts for the duration of the 2013-2014 Austrian school year. According to Matt, the assistantship is a great opportunity, and I am very much looking forward to my time in Austria, where I hope to perfect me German language skills and learn more about Austrian culture as well.

Melissa Parks

MA Candidate, Geology
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, 2009-12

Melissa Park received full funding for her graduate studies through the National Science Foundation. She will receive $30,000 a year for three years in addition to the tuition waiver and numerous opportunities presented only to NSF fellows. Because of this funding, she was able to dedicate her entire summer to the fieldwork required for her project: the study of the effects of geothermal activity on the glacier contained in Sherman Crater, Mount Baker’s active crater. She climbed to the crater six times this past summer, with heavy geophysical gear carried by full teams of assistants whom she was able to pay generously. She was also able to go to the Geological Society of America’s annual conference to present some initial findings from her research – in particular, features under the ice that her team uncovered with the use of Ground-penetrating Radar. For the first time, she noted, we know what the depth of the ice in the crater is (67 meters), and we found what could be a subglacial lake at the bottom of the crater. Melissa still has much data analysis ahead, and she looks forward to finding out what other subglacial treasures her research will yield. The fellowship gives her the opportunity to concentrate all her efforts on her projects, and that, she asserts, is truly priceless!

Kelsey Taylor

Kelsey Taylor

Major: Environmental Science
Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship, NOAA

Kelsey Taylor is a Huxley graduate originally from Maple Valley, WA. She graduated in the spring of 2013. Kelsey was awarded the Hollings Scholarship in 2011 and completed an internship with NOAA in the summer of 2012 at the Virginia Institute of Matine Sciences, where Kelsey completed research on the Chesapeake Bay.



Matt Temple

Matt Temple

Major: Manufacturing Engineering
CISEI Internship, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

While at Western Matthew earned a bachelor’s degree in manufacturing engineering. Matthew enjoyed the relaxed nature of the student body and the opportunity to play soccer at a highly competitive level. Concerning his award, Matthew is excited to learn about the research process and about manufacturing nano-patterns/future materials. He is grateful to the opportunity to learn on the job as well as expand his horizons after hours in a new environment.

Paul Wanzek

Paul Wanzek

Major: Environmental Studies
Minor: Spanish
Gilman International Scholarship

Paul Wanzek received Gilman scholarship to help pay for his participation in EcoQuest, a study abroad located in New Zealand. As background, he has learned about the natural and sociopolitical history of New Zealand in order to critically analyze current ecological programs in that country, including invasive pest control, indigenous species management, and related social topics. He is spending days in the field learning about the local flora and fauna, and he is participating in ongoing research on the health of local shellfish populations that will be used to manage the health of the wharekawa estuary. In the coming months he will take classes and participate in field studies focusing on endangered species rehabilitation, forest ecology, and much more.

Michaela Rollins Williams

Michaela Williams

Major: B.A., Fairhaven College, Eurasian Studies, Political Economics, and Russian
Fulbright Scholarship, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Michaela Rollins Williams received a Fulbright grant to pursue an M.A. in Poverty and Development from University of Sussex in the United Kingdom. She is particularly interested in the role of women's business initiatives in shaping durable local economies. In her degree program and in her host community of Brighton, she is exploring energy and climate-resilient pathways for economic development in the UK as well as the Global South.

Hannah Wolf

Hannah Wolf

Fulbright Scholarship, University of Sussex, United Kingdom

Hannah Wolf will be spending her year in Bucharest Romania, researching Romanian theatre practices on all levels. She’ll be directing new plays and collaborating with emerging Romanian playwrights to translate new American plays in Romanian. She’ll also be creating new works with these emerging Romanian playwrights and translating these into English. The goal of the year is to help grow and foster the two way path between American and Romanian theatre artists.

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