GRINNELL, IA--Grinnell College student Stephanie Cheung has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for up to $7,500 toward tuition and other expenses during the 2010-11 academic year. The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program was established by Congress to encourage excellence in science and mathematics for American undergraduate students with excellent academic records and outstanding potential.
Cheung, who is a third-year chemistry and sociology double major from Honolulu, Hawaii, is the 12th Goldwater scholar at Grinnell in the past 10 years. She plans to pursue a Ph.D. in renewable energy sciences and teach at the university level. Cheung is an active member of the Grinnell College Asian and Asian American Association, works as a chemistry assistant and tutor, volunteers with Mid-Iowa Community Action, and tutors at a local elementary school.
Laura Mertens, a third-year chemistry major from St. Louis, Mo., was named honorable mention for the Goldwater scholarship, the fifth Grinnell student to receive that designation since 1999-2000.
Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.