Three Hope Students Receive
Prestigious Goldwater Scholarships
Posted April 16, 2001
HOLLAND -- Three Hope College students have
received prestigious Goldwater Scholarships for the 2001-02
Those honored are sophomore Lee Kiessel of Suttons
Bay, sophomore Jody Murray of Grant and junior Betty Tang of
Holland. It is the fifth year in a row that at least one
Hope student has received one of the scholarships, and the
second consecutive year that the college has had two or more
The scholarships were awarded by the Board of
Trustees of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and
Excellence in Education Foundation to 302 undergraduate
sophomores and juniors from the 50 states and Puerto Rico.
The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of
academic merit from a field of 1,164 mathematics, science
and engineering students who were nominated by the faculties
of colleges and universities nationwide.
The scholarships are for one or two years, and
cover the cost of tuition, fees, books, and room and board
up to a maximum of $7,500 per year.
Kiessel is majoring in physics and mathematics.
He plans to complete a doctorate in nuclear physics and then
conduct research and possibly teach at the college level.
He has participated in research in nuclear physics
at Hope during both the school year and summer. His
academic honors have included the John H. Kleinheksel
Mathematics Award and the Freshman Physics Book Award, in
addition to being named to the Dean's List.
He is the son of Jana Kiessel of Suttons Bay and
Alan Kiessel of Traverse City. He is a 1999 graduate of
Suttons Bay High School.
Murray is majoring in biology. She plans to
pursue a doctorate in biology and ultimately to obtain a
position at a college or university that emphasizes
She has participated in research in biology at
Hope during both the school year and summer. Her academic
honors have included the Freshman Biology Book Award and
being named to the Dean's List.
She is the daughter of Dan and Nancy Murray of
Grant. She is a 1999 graduate of Grant High School.
Tang is majoring in chemistry. Her goal is to
complete a doctorate in chemistry and develop research in
the field of technologically advanced materials.
She started participating in research while still
in high school, through a Hope program funded through the
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and as a Hope student has
participated in research during both the school year and
summer. Her academic honors include being named to the
She is the daughter of Chhy and Kuoy Tang of
Holland. She is a 1998 graduate of Holland High School.
Of the students selected for awards this year, 157
are men and 145 are women, and virtually all intend to
obtain a Ph.D. as their degree objective. A total of 25 are
mathematics majors, 198 are science majors, 26 are majoring
in engineering, six are computer science-related majors, and
47 have dual majors in a variety of mathematics, science,
engineering and computer disciplines.
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 13th year, has to date
awarded 3,323 scholarships worth approximately $33 million.
The trustees plan to award about 300 scholarships for the
2002-03 academic year.