Kowal Named Marshall Scholarship Finalist
Stacey Kowal, an Alma College senior from Rochester, has been selected to be a 2005 Marshall Scholarship finalist, the second finalist in the history of the College and second in two years.
The opportunity comes after a highly successful junior year during which Kowal received Truman and Udall scholarships worth $35,000 for academic expenses. She won a $5,000 Udall Scholarship in her sophomore year.
The Marshall Scholarship provides two years of study in any academic discipline at a university in the United Kingdom. She competes in Chicago Nov. 9 for the opportunity to study in England for two years all expenses paid.
Kowal, the daughter of Garry and Karen Kowal and a 2000 graduate of Almont High School, has received recognition for conducting epidemiological research on the effects of toxic pollutants in Gratiot County on human and animal populations.
She is interested in applying biostatistics methods to evaluate ways of identifying the impacts of contamination and evaluate the efficacy of remediation approaches. She hopes to work in a policymaking capacity for the World Health Organization.
Using an Alma College Currie Scholarship in 2003, she performed graduate-level research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received a graduate financial award from UWM. She also has studied environmental health in Brazil.
As president of Students United for Nature, she was instrumental in initiating a volunteer recycling program at Alma College and integrated her math major and public health minor into other environmental projects.
Since 1997 with help from Alma's Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee, the College has had 43 winners, finalists, semi-finalists and alternates for top national scholarships. The 20 scholarships awarded totaled approximately $600,000.
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Posted: Wed, November 3rd, 2004 at 5:31PM