ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 8, 2005) -- Alethea Kimmel-Guy, a 2005 graduate of Ohio University, was selected as a graduate scholar by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Kimmel-Guy will use the award to earn a master's degree in environment science and society at the University of London. After receiving her master's degree, she will pursue a doctoral degree from Arizona State University. She hopes to take a faculty position when she is finished with her degrees. From that position, she would like to be an environmental consultant to leaders in organizations such as the United Nations.
"I was astounded. Winning the award seemed like a long shot, but I am so pleased," Kimmel-Guy said. "I would like to broaden my perspective and see how other countries deal with environmental issues."
The Jack Kent Cooke graduate scholarships are the largest offered by any private foundation in the United States and can be worth up to $50,000 annually for a maximum of six years. Kimmel-Guy is the first Ohio University student to win the award and was one of only 76 students chosen this year out of 1,290 applicants from more than 600 U.S. colleges and universities.
As a student, Kimmel-Guy founded the Sierra Student Coalition, sat on the Faculty Senate's Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee and led environmental geography discussion labs. She also worked with associate professors of geography Geoffrey Buckley and Christopher Boone in a project backed by the National Science Foundation analyzing energy consumption by Baltimore area commuters.
She was aided in the application process by Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards Ann Brown, Coordinator of the Student Writing Center Candace Stewart, Boone and Associate Professor of Political Science Nancy Manring.
"This woman is so impressive with her determination and willingness to keep going," Brown said. "Alethea is an extraordinary student whose hard work has been generously rewarded with the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship. We are immensely proud of her and her accomplishments."
Kimmel-Guy, a resident of South Euclid, Ohio, has a bachelor's degree in geography. She is a past recipient of the Morris K. Udall Scholarship and a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship Award of Excellence. She was also an Ohio University McNair Scholar.
In 2004-05, 33 Ohio University students won 37 nationally competitive awards.
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which was founded in 2000, aims to help highly motivated, highly driven individuals overcome the cost of advanced professional or graduate training. The value and duration of each scholarship varies based on the cost of attendance or other grants the student receives. For more information, visit www.jackkentcookefoundation.org.
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