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05-08-2009


Eight Cumberlands students receive Alden Scholarships

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — During the annual Honors Day Convocation at University of the Cumberlands, eight students received George I. Alden Scholarships for the 2009-2010 academic year. Two students, Jacob Huffman and Cynthia Kaeser, received full-tuition scholarships, and six students, Gabriel Altman, Clint Creekmore, Kyle Creekmore, Lindsey Embry, Christopher Price and Christa Spencer received one-half-tuition scholarships. In addition to the Alden scholarships, all these students received additional honors during the program.

Jacob Huffman is a junior with a major in biology and a minor in communication arts, who plans to continue his study of biology in graduate school. Huffman was also recognized as a student of High Honor. He is from Garrett, Indiana.

Cynthia Kaeser, a senior chemistry major with mathematics minor, plans to obtain a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry and then enter the field of forensic chemistry. Kaeser, too, was recognized as a student of High Honor, and she has been named to Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges; Kappa Mu Epsilon, national honor society for mathematics; and Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society. She is from Woodstock, Ga.

Gabriel Altman, sophomore biology major, chemistry minor from Somerset, was also recognized as a student of High Honor and an inductee into Beta Beta Beta Biological Honor Society.

Kyle Creekmore, a sophomore math and management information systems major, and his brother, Clint Creekmore, a sophomore chemistry major, from Williamsburg, were also both named students of High Honor, and both were inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon, national honor society for students of mathematics. Clint Creekmore was also named to membership in Gamma Sigma Epsilon National Chemistry Honor Society. He received one of two Ledford Research Awards, which provide stipends for Appalachian students to work with faculty members, during the summer, to gain research experience, a rarity in undergraduate education, and he received one of three STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) Scholarships from the National Science Foundation. These scholarships in the amount of $6, 000, each, help to encourage students to major in STEM fields. Clint Creekmore will work this summer with Dr. Julie Tan.

Lindsey Embry, sophomore biology major, chemistry minor from Beaver Dam, was also named a student of High Honor.

Chris Price, a junior who is pursuing biology and accounting major and mathematics minor, was also named a student of Honor, and he was inducted into Kappa Mu Epsilon, He is from Hebron.

Christa Spencer, a sophomore, biology major, chemistry minor, from Hazard, was also named a student of High Honor, and she was inducted into Gamma Sigma Epsilon.

In 1981 the George I. Alden Trust established the George I. Alden Endowed Scholarship Fund at Cumberland College, now University of the Cumberlands. The income from this fund is to be used to provide one-half tuition scholarships for six students and full tuition scholarships for two students, all of whom must be majoring in the sciences. To be eligible to receive one of the two full tuition scholarships, a student must have previously won a one-half scholarship.