University of Portland
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University of Portland graduates and students receive numerous prestigious scholarships in 2014

Several University of Portland alumni and students recently were awarded prestigious grants and scholarships from organizations across the world. The University provides opportunities for students to apply for and receive a wide variety of grants and scholarships that encourage further scholarship, cross-cultural learning, leadership, and community service. In addition to two Fulbright Scholarships won by a current UP student and an alumna in 2014, other notable awards include a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship, an NCIIA/Epicenter Engineering University Innovation Fellows program recipient, a NIH Postbac training program recipient, and a National Science Foundation graduate school grant.

The University previously announced Truman Scholarship recipient Sarah Donohoe.

To learn more about scholarship opportunities available to University of Portland students, please visit the website for the Office of Fellowships and Grants

Fulbright Grants

University of Portland scholarship and award winners include two Fulbright Grants to both a student and a 2009 alumna. Senior Cerice Keller, double major in English and German studies, received an English teaching assistantship to Germany. The 2009 alumna will study in Ireland. Since 2001, students from University of Portland have earned 48 Fulbright grants. The University has been a leader among its peer institutions in producing Fulbright scholars for several years, ranking first nationally in 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2007-08; second nationally in 2009-10, 2008-09, 2006-07; and third nationally 2013-14

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship

Sarah Letendre, a senior environmental studies and German studies double major, has been awarded a Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship for Young Professionals (CBYX) and will spend a year in Germany starting in July. CBYX is a fellowship founded by the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress. Each year, 75 American and 75 German young professionals are given the opportunity to spend a year in each others’ countries, studying, interning, and living with hosts on a cultural immersion program. During her time at the University, Letendre participated in the University’s Salzburg study abroad program and the prestigious Entrepreneurial Scholars program.

NCIIA/Epicenter Engineering University Innovation Fellows program

Kevin Bastien, a junior computer science major, has been accepted to the prestigious NCIIA/Epicenter Engineering University Innovation Fellows program. Bastien’s fellowship offers an opportunity for UP to have a member of this national group on campus in support of entrepreneurship and innovation initiatives within the Franz Center for Leadership. It will also support increased focus on entrepreneurship, leadership, and innovation within the Pamplin School of Business, the Shiley School of Engineering, and campus-wide.

NIH Postbac Training Program

Clarie Couch, a senior biology major, has been accepted into a NIH Postbac Training Program. Couch’s project with the NIH Postbac Training Program will involve genetic characterization and vaccine development for chlamydia. Couch will be working at Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana. Last year, Couch was a recipient of a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.

National Science Foundation Graduate Student Grant

James Gaynor, a senior chemistry major, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Student Grant. Gaynor will be attending the University of Washington in the fall. Last year, Gaynor was a recipient of a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship.  

The University of Portland is an independently governed Catholic university guided by the Congregation of Holy Cross. U.S. News & World Report ranks the institution as one of the top ten regional universities in the West. It is the only school in Oregon to offer a College of Arts & Sciences, a graduate school, and nationally accredited programs in the schools of business, education, engineering, and nursing.

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