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45 nationally competitive awards go to Ohio University students in 2005-06 school year

ATHENS, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2006) -- A record-breaking 45 nationally competitive academic awards as prestigious as the Mitchell, Fulbright, Eisenhower and Udall went to Ohio University students in the 2005-06 academic year.

"I think one thing this really reveals is the quality of the students' experience here -- how they can come in and develop and mature," said Ann Brown, director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. "It also reflects the quality of the faculty-student relationships at Ohio University -- how the faculty mentor and encourage these students to the point where they can compete for these awards."

More than 20 winners will use their awards to travel and study internationally, from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa to Latin America. For example, Andrew Goodhart, who won the David L. Boren Undergraduate Scholarship sponsored by the National Security Education Program, will travel to Jordan to study Arabic, political science, history and culture. He said the faculty and staff at Ohio University "really could not be any more thorough, innovative and genuinely supportive than they are. I really can't say enough good things about the personalized attention and advice that I've received."

Rachel Cook, who won a Morris K. Udall Scholarship, echoed these sentiments. "OU makes this possible by first hiring staff who are willing to invest time and energy into their students," she said. "In a more general sense, the engaged culture of OU students, encouragement from faculty and staff, and strong environmental community surrounding OU were all important factors in my winning the Udall."

A total of 88 Ohio University students submitted 105 applications for nationally competitive awards in the last year, an increase of 30 percent over the previous year. 

To view a complete list of the 2005-06 nationally competitive award winners, go to http://onca.org/

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Media Contact: Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Director Ann Brown, (740) 593-2725 or browna@ohio.edu

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