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Beth Sorensen
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STUDENT RECEIVES GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP

Ellen Roberts, a junior biology major at Reed from Copake, New York, has been named a Barry N. Goldwater Scholar for the 1997-98 academic year. This prestigious, competitive scholarship is awarded to undergraduates who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The scholarship covers expenses for tuition, books, room and board, and fees. The award was created by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation, of Springfield, Virginia.

Ellen Roberts grew up in Camphill Village, a small intentional community on 600 acres of farm and forest land in rural New York. The people in the community live and work with mentally handicapped adults in a safe and respectable environment. Roberts wrote her application essay for the Goldwater scholarship on Camphill Village. She says it gave her the opportunity to experience the value of nature and to watch the cycles of life and death in a natural ecosystem. These experiences influenced Roberts to become a biology major. "Getting this award is an affirmation of my potential to do something to change the world and a challenge to me to stick with it and realize that potential," explained Roberts. After graduating from Reed, Roberts plans on pursuing the field of ecosystem studies.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation was authorized by the United States Congress in 1986 to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater, who has served his country for 56 years as a soldier and a statesman. The purpose of the foundation is to provide the nation with a continuing source of highly qualified individuals in the fields of mathematics and science, as well as to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering. The foundation is supported by the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Fund, which has been established by the United States Treasury.