Applicant Profiles

Applicant Profiles

Below you'll find a list of students who have applied for awards.  You'll notice that they come from a diverse range of majors and backgrounds and we've also included their extra-curricular activities to help you better understand the opportunities at UNA.

2018-2019 Applicants

Name and Hometown
Award Major/Minor Biography
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Chloe Allen

Florence, AL

US Student Fulbright, MA Creative Writing, Ireland

Major: Communications (PR)

Awarded a Presidential Academic scholarship to attend UNA, active in the Honors College, a writer for the Flor-Ala, member of Student Alliance for Equality, French Club, I am That Girl, and Active Minds. Graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2017. Wants to pursue Creative Writing and write novels.
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Lauren Bacon

Tuscumbia, AL
US Student Fulbright, ETA, Slovak Republic

Major: English Literature

Minor: Art

Has traveled to France, England, and the Netherlands. President of the English Club at UNA, member of the National Society of Leadership and Success, and Sigma Tau Delta. Plans on pursuing her MLS during in Library Science and a Doctorate in Higher Education.
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Alexandria Buttgereit

Montevallo, AL

US Student Fulbright, ETA, Brazil (Semi-finalist)

Major: Commercial Spanish

Interested in working in Business in the areas of Communication. Studies Spanish and French and traveled to Reinnes, France and Salamanca, Spain for study abroad. Extra-Curricular and honors include Navigator (International Ambassador), Student Life Yearbook Editor, Phi Mu, Global Lions, Student Government Association, Alpha Lambda Delta Society, 3-Day Business Start-up, Shoals Big Idea Competition.
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Peyton Byrd

Spring Hill, TN

US Student Fulbright, ETA, Czech Republic (Awarded)

Major: Fine Arts (Photography) Studied Abroad in Paris, France. Staff photographer for the school yearbook, Diorama, Flor-Ala, mentor for the Art Club, darkroom technician, featured in Preserving the South a local community cookbook and exhibited her work at the UNA gallery exhibition A Voice for All.
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Bradford Carter

Meridianville, AL

US Student Fulbright, ETA, Taiwan (Awarded) Major: Computer Information Systems Currently, Associate Engineer for Hexagon PPM in Madison AL. While at UNA, tutored for QM 291 and QM 292, member of the Hispanic Culture Organization, UNA Swim Club, Association for Information Systems, Association for Computing Machinery, Phi Beta Lambda, Outdoor Adventure Club, and active in the Honors College.  Wants to teach abroad in East-Asia.
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Alex Gould

Tuscumbia, AL

US Student Fulbright, MA, Spain (Semi-finalist)

Major: Finance

Minors: Economics and Spanish

Honor's College, COB Ambassadors, Financial Intelligence Network, SOAR Counselor, Alpha Tau Omega, Freshmen Forum, SGA, Chair University Programming Council, and Phi Kappa Phi. Interested in using data analytics to improve the work of Non-Governmental Organizations
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Julie Heflin

Moulton, AL

US Student Fulbright, ETA, South Korea (Semi-finalist)

Major: English

Minor: Professional Writing

A member of The Well, Sigma Tau Delta, and the Honors College.  Interested in pursuing a Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling.  Hopes to work as an advocate for destigmatizing mental health illnesses across the globe.
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Walker Mattox

Starkville, MS

US Student Fulbright, ETA, Malaysia (Awarded)

Major: Mathematics

Minor: Health

Member of the Cross-Country Running team, Mathematics Fellow, Treasurer for Kappa Mu Epsilon. Wants to teach Mathematics at the university level.
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Molly Ratliff

Montgomery, AL

US Student Fulbright, ETA, Malaysia, TAPIF program (Awarded)

Major: Communications

Minor: French

Currently studying abroad in Belgium and previously studied in France. Member of the Student Government Association's University Program Council and the Women's Center. Wants to become a communication liaison for multinational companies.
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Zachary Stutts

Muscle Shoals, AL

US Student Fulbright, MRes, University of Strathclyde, UK

Major: History

Minor: Philosophy

Interested in Law, Constitutional History, and Philosophy. A member of the UNA's College Republicans and Young Americans for Freedom, and has attempted to start a chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon on campus. In summer 2018 interned with the law firm Trousdale, Hunt and Phillips.
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Andrew Thigpen

Florence, AL

US Student Fulbright, MA, University of Sussex, UK Major: English Senior Communications Supervisor for International Fertilizer Development Center.  Works with people across the globe to ensure food security in underfunded or undeveloped regions of the world. Hopes to work at the federal level in the area of food security.  
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Jimmie Waites

Madison, AL

US Student Fulbright, ETA, Taiwan (Awarded); Boren Scholarship (Awarded)

Major: Marketing

Minor: International Relations 

Interests include US and China trade policy. Studied Abroad in China at Peking University. In summer 2018, went back to China to teach Marketing to international UNA students.  Extra-curricular activities and honors include President College of Business Ambassadors, International Affairs student worker, Research Intern at Johnson Controls International, Clark Warren Scholar, Council of International Exchange Scholarship Recipient.
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Abigail Winkler

Glen Ellyn, IL

US Student Fulbright, ETA, Brazil (Semi-Finalist)

Major: Marine Biology

Minors: Chemistry and Spanish

Interested in Science Communication. A member of UNA's Volleyball team, Student Director of the UNA Center for Sustainability, studied abroad in Costa Rica.  She hopes to pursue a career in science communication that focuses on educating and promoting marine conservation and sustainability.

2017-2018 Winners and Finalists

Name and Hometown
Award Major/Minor Biography
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Alexandria Buttgereit

Montevallo, AL

US Student Fulbright, ETA to Spain (Semi-Finalist) Major: Commercial Spanish Interested in working in Business in the areas of Communication. Studies Spanish and French and traveled to Reinnes, France and Salamanca, Spain for study abroad. Extra-Curricular and honors include Navigator (International Ambassador), Student Life Yearbook Editor, Phi Mu, Global Lions, Student Government Association, Alpha Lambda Delta Society, 3-Day Business Start-up, Shoals Big Idea Competition.
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Lisa Coker

Red Bay, AL

US Student Fulbright, ETA to Malaysia (Semi-Finalist) Major: English Education Interested in teaching English abroad as a career.  Lisa has taught in Africa and Ukraine as well as taught online for students in China.  Extra Curricular activities and honors include: Historian and Media Officer for the English Club, ESL Tutor at Northwest Shoals Community College, Phi Theta Kappa, and has presented her work at the University of North Alabama English Graduate Conference, Lights and Shadows, and the Birmingham Magazine.
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James Traywick

Trussville, AL

Freeman-Asia Scholarship (Awarded)

Major: Foreign Languages Interested in becoming part of the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program.  Studying Abroad in Japan for the 2018-2019 year.  Extra-curricular activities and honors include: University Band, Flute Choir, Conversation Partners, Foreign Languages Honor Society, and Phi Sigma Iota.
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Jimmie Waites,

Madison, AL

Boren Scholarship (Alternate)

Major: Marketing

Minor: Innovative Engineering 

Interests include US and China trade policy.  Studied Abroad in China at Peking University.  In summer 2018, went back to China to teach Marketing to international UNA students.  Extra-curricular activities and honors include President College of Business Ambassadors, International Affairs student worker, Research Intern at Johnson Controls International, Clark Warren Scholar, Council of International Exchange Scholarship Recipient. 

2016-2017 Winners and Finalists

Name and Hometown
Award Major/Minor Biography
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Jasmine Fleming

Winfield, AL

US Student Fulbright, ETA to Spain (Semi-Finalist)

Major: Professional Writing

Minor: Spanish

Interested in using creative practices to teach English. Her long-term goal is to complete a graduate program in creative writing and pursue a career in this field. Extracurricular activities and honors include Sigma Tau Delta, Foreign Language Department Study Abroad Scholarship, Honors Program Scholarship, Northwest Alabama Reading Aids Volunteer, English Club, Honors Program, Consultant for the Center for Writing Excellence, Art Club, Flor-Ala Writer and Editor, and Lights and Shadows Magazine Editor.
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Mollie Schaefer

Homewood, AL

US Student Fulbright, ETA to Czech Republic (Awarded)

Major: Art

Minor: Public Communication

Interested in using music, speaking tours, and community involvement to enhance language and cultural understanding. Long-term plans include gaining certification to diagnose and provide intervention to children with dyslexia in the school system. Extracurricular activities and honors include Kappa Pi, Sigma Alpha Pi, Alpha Lambda Delta, Phi ETA Sigma, Freshman Forum Member of the Year, Arts and Sciences Ambassador, Art Club President, Consultant for The Center for Writing Excellence, Student Senator, and Lights and Shadows Exhibition