(L-R) Rachel Ackerman, Alex Wovrosh, Vanessa Vanyo
Photographer: Kevin Riddell
May 25, 2010
Ohio University sophomores Rachel Ackerman, Vanessa Vanyo, and Alex Wovrosh are 2010 NOAA Ernest F. Hollings scholarship winners.
This scholarship increases undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities.
The scholarship also provides recipients with academic assistance for full-time study during the nine-month academic year, a 10-week, full-time internship position during the summer at a NOAA facility, and, if reappointed, academic assistance for full-time study during a second nine-month academic year.
The recipients also receive travel funds to attend a mandatory Hollings scholarship program orientation, conferences where the students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during their summer internship.
Ackerman, a native of Willoughby, Ohio, is a secondary integrated science education major who also is pursuing an environmental studies certificate. She is the secretary of The Empower Campaign's Ohio University Chapter and secretary of the Ohio University Student
Sierra Coalition. She is also a College of Education student ambassador.
Ackerman was recommended by Craig Howley in the College of Education, Royal Mapes in the Department of Geological Sciences and Andria Sherrow, director of the Empower campaign.
"Alden Wiatt, a member of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards team, edited my papers and helped perfect my application – I owe her many thanks," Ackerman said.
Vanyo, a native of Strongsville, Ohio, is a mathematics/meteorology major with minors in physics and geography. She is FUNdraising co-chair for Ohio University's Alpha Phi Omega National Co-Ed Service Fraternity chapter and secretary of Ohio University student
organization Belts Breaking Bondage.
Faculty members Ryan Fogt in the Department of Geography and Sergiu Aizicovici in the Department of Mathematics recommended Vanyo for the Hollings Scholarship.
"I am just overjoyed that I won this scholarship, it's a really great opportunity for me, and I'm just so thankful that I have been awarded this opportunity," Vanyo said.
Wovrosh, a native of Eastlake, Ohio, is a meteorology/geography major with minors in physics and mathematics. He serves as treasurer and fundraising chair of the American Meteorological Society Ohio University student chapter and member of the Storm Ready Committee.
Fogt and Jeremy Morris in the Department of Philosophy recommended Wovrosh for the scholarship.
"Winning this scholarship has showed me just how far hard work can take you," Wovrosh said.
"Not only will an internship with NOAA be great for networking, but it will also allow me to further enhance my research skills. I'm really excited to have this opportunity."