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New Mexico State University student selected as Goldwater Scholar

New Mexico State University honors student Alana Jacobson of Phoenix, Ariz., has been selected as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar and will receive a full academic scholarship for the remainder of her undergraduate education.



New Mexico State University honors student Alana Jacobson of Phoenix, Ariz., has been selected as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar and will receive a full academic scholarship for the remainder of her undergraduate education. (Courtesy photo)

n, daughter of Michael Jacobson of Ignacio, Colo., and Linda Jacobson of Phoenix, is a junior majoring in agricultural biology and Spanish.


"I am excited and honored to receive this prestigious award in the late senator's name," Jacobson said.

She has spent the last two semesters in Mexico on the National Security Education Program Scholarship to improve her communication skills in Spanish and learn about the Mexican culture. Jacobson, a 1999 graduate of Carl Hayden Community High School in Phoenix, will return to New Mexico State in the fall.

"I want to establish a dynamic career in biotechnology making cutting edge biological discoveries to benefit, advance and fortify agricultural practices and technology," she said.

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1986 to honor Goldwater, who served for 30 years in the U.S. Senate. The program was created to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering and to foster excellence in those fields.

"I was very impressed with Alana's credentials and was very optimistic that she would get selected. I'm ecstatic that she did," said Enedina Garcia Vazquez, director of the University Fellowships Office. Jacobson was nominated by the Fellowships Office located in New Mexico State's new Conroy Honors Center.

The Goldwater program selects up to 300 scholars a year. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

Photo is available at http://ucommphoto.nmsu.edu/newsphoto/jacobson_alana.jpg.
CUTLINE: New Mexico State University honors student Alana Jacobson of Phoenix, Ariz., has been selected as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar and will receive a full academic scholarship for the remainder of her undergraduate education. (Courtesy photo)

Julie M. Hughes
April 26, 2002