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Three Tech Students Receive Prestigious Scholarship
May 6, 2008

Three outstanding Virginia Tech students, each with an impressive record of undergraduate research and leadership experience, have received highly competitive Barry M. Goldwater scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.

The scholarship winners from Virginia Tech are Thao Do, a sophomore from Springfield, Va., majoring in mechanical engineering in the College of Engineering; Kevin Finelli, a junior from Yorktown, Va., double majoring in mathematics and physics in the College of Science; and David Tatum, a junior from Midlothian, Va., double majoring in chemistry in the College of Science and biochemistry in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

All three winners are members of the Hillcrest Honors Community and say they plan to pursue a Ph.D. so that they can teach and conduct research at a major research university. Since the program’s inception in 1986, Virginia Tech has had 37 Goldwater scholars, including this year’s winners.

Goldwater scholars are selected for academic merit and each is awarded up to $7,500 per year for tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Congress established the scholarship program in 1986 to honor the late Sen. Barry Goldwater and to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering.

For more information about Virginia Tech’s Goldwater scholars, contact Christina McIntyre, associate director of University Honors and campus representative for the Goldwater Scholarship, at (540) 231-4591.

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