Caroline J. Newell, a Hope College junior from Reed City, has received a prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for the 1999-00 academic year.
The scholarships were awarded by the Board of
Trustees of the Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in
Education Foundation to 304 undergraduate sophomores and
juniors from the 50 states for the 1999-2000 academic year.
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of
academic merit from a field of 1,181 mathematics, science
and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties
of colleges and universities nationwide.
It is the third year in a row that a Hope student
has received one of the scholarships.
"This is definitely a well-deserved award for
her," said Dr. Nicole S. Bennett, assistant professor of
chemistry, with whom Newell has conducted research during
both the summer and school year.
"She has the qualities that a scientist needs,"
Bennett said. "She's curious. She doesn't seem to get
frustrated by the trial-and-error approach."
Bennett also complimented Newell for her maturity,
and as a quick learner who works well independently.
Newell is pursuing a double major in biology and
chemistry. She intends to go on to graduate school for her
doctorate, anticipating a career in research at a
During the college's Honors Convocation in the
spring of 1997, she received the First-Year Chemistry Book
Award. In the spring of 1998, she received the college's
Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry, in
addition to a Phi Alpha Theta Sophomore Book Award in
Newell was recently named to the college's chapter
of Mortar Board, and has been named to the college's dean's
list. She is the daughter of Keith and Bette Newell of Reed
City, and is a 1996 graduate of Reed City High School.
The Goldwater Scholarship provides up to $7,500
per year to help cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and
room and board.
Newell is one of seven students native to
Michigan--some are attending out-of-state schools--to
receive one of the scholarships. In addition to Hope, the
Michigan institutions to have students honored are Eastern
Michigan University, Michigan State University and the
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.
Of the students selected, 179 are men and 125 are
women, and virtually all intend to obtain a Ph.D. as their
degree objective. A total of 17 are mathematics majors, 184
are science majors, 42 are majoring in engineering, four are
majoring in computer science, and 57 have dual majors in a
variety of mathematics, science, engineering and computer
The Goldwater Foundation is a federally endowed
agency established by Public Law 99-661 on Nov. 14, 1986.
The Scholarship Program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater
was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to
pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural
sciences and engineering.
The foundation, now in its 11th year, has to date
awarded 2,711 scholarships worth approximately $28 million.
The trustees plan to award about 300 scholarships for the
2000-01 academic year.