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Office of Nationally Competitive Awards reorganizes and welcomes new staff

ONCA open house is Sept. 23

The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards (ONCA) has reorganized to include more international award programs. Beth Clodfelter, who served for two years as director of U.S. Fulbright Programs & Liaison for International Partnerships, has been named director of ONCA.

Clodfelter collaborated closely with ONCA in the past, but the new structure will allow for even greater success in matching exceptional candidates with the appropriate awards to fund their goals.

Clodfelter specializes in awards for international travel, research, and teaching, as well as those focused on science, sustainability, and environmental issues. She looks forward to bringing her experience in advising applicants for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program Award, Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, and Critical Language Scholarships to other awards, such as the Barry M. Goldwater and Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Foundation scholarships. She is an active member of the National Association of Fellowship Advisors.

"Beth has had a very successful track record of helping students and faculty apply for international awards. Her hard work has helped to make Ohio University a national leader in securing Fulbright Scholarships for students," said HTC Dean Jeremy Webster. "Everyone I’ve talked to who has worked with Beth has confirmed my belief that her passionate commitment to helping students and faculty will be just as successful in this leadership role."

Cary Roberts Frith has joined ONCA as a fellowship adviser to help coach students through the competitive award process. Among the awards she will be advising are the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, Mitchell, and Harry S. Truman scholarships. 

Frith also serves as communications manager, directing internal and external communication for HTC, ONCA, and the Honors & Scholars Network. In addition, she teaches HTC courses. An HTC alumna, she was previously an assistant professor in the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. She worked in magazine, newsletter, and online journalism for more than a decade before entering the academy.

"Cary was an award-winning faculty adviser and mentor, so she will be an asset to students as they navigate the nationally competitive award application process," said Webster. "In addition, improving the college's communication with our students, alumni, and friends is one of my highest priorities as dean. I am delighted that we have been able to secure Cary's knowledge and skills to help us achieve that goal.

Her unique experiences as an HTC student, alumna, tutor, and now staff member will allow us to move the college forward in a number of useful directions."

Faculty Fellow Alden Waitt has been with the office since 2008. She will continue to share her vast knowledge of the awards process with applicants. She advises students who apply for a variety of opportunities, including the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship for Pell Grant recipients who are interested in studying
abroad, the Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship for meteorology, and the Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship.

Dean Webster will be hosting an ONCA open house on Friday, Sept. 23, from 4  to 6 p.m. in the Common Room of 35 Park Place. This is an opportunity for the university community to talk with him about his strategic vision for ONCA, meet the staff, and see ONCA's new offices.

The Honors Tutorial College (HTC) is based on the centuries old tutorial system of undergraduate education developed at Oxford and Cambridge universities in Great Britain. Ohio University is the only institution in the United States with a degree-granting college incorporating all the essential features of the traditional tutorial system. Visit www.honors.ohio.edu for more information.