William & Mary Students Receive Prestigious Scholarships

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(From left) Melissa Guidry, Lyuba Bolkhovitinov, Jessica Joyce and Bernadette Deschaine, all William & Mary juniors, were each recognized by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program this year. (Photo courtesy of William & Mary)
(From left) Melissa Guidry, Lyuba Bolkhovitinov, Jessica Joyce and Bernadette Deschaine, all William & Mary juniors, were each recognized by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship Program this year. (Photo courtesy of William & Mary)

Three College of William & Mary students were selected to receive scholarship funds on behalf of the Goldwater Scholarship Program.

Lyuba Bolkhovitinov, Bernadette Deschaine and Melissa Guidrya – all juniors at William & Mary – were chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 applicants from 415 colleges and institutions around the country.

Junior Jessica Joyce was named an honorable mention for the award.

The awards are reserved for undergraduate sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the fields of science, math and engineering.

Established in 1986 by U.S. Congress to honor the late Sen. Barry Goldwater, the scholarships cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500.

Prior to this year, 60 William & Mary students had received the scholarship since the award’s inception.

“Once again, the William & Mary Goldwater nomination committee has done an excellent job of identifying outstanding candidates,” said Lisa Grimes, director of fellowships in the Charles Center. “We are thrilled with this year’s results. Rising sophomores and juniors interested in applying next year should begin talking to their faculty advisers now.”

Below are brief descriptions of William & Mary’s award winners:

  • Bokhovitinov, a Monroe Scholar, is a neuroscience major involved in a developmental neuroscience lab. She is conducting research that has implications for the treatment of neuronal injury and neurodegenerative diseases in humans.
  • Deschaine, also a Monroe Scholar, is a biology major who plans to conduct biomedical research after graduating from William & Mary. She plans to study the interactions between the human immune system and microorganism.
  • Guidry, a recipient of the Virginia Space Grant Consortium Undergraduate Research Scholarship, is majoring in physics and applied mathematics. She hopes to become a university professor and lead a research group specializing in quantum physics.