Spokane Resident Named Watson Fellow at Willamette

Garrett TenoldGarrett Tenold, son of Janet and Gregory Tenold of Spokane and a graduate of Ferris High School, has been selected as one of 60 Watson Fellows in the country for 2002-03. He is the first Watson Fellow named at Willamette University, Salem. He will graduate in May from Willamette where he is a math and physics major.

The Watson Fellowship provides a grant of $22,000 to each recipient. Nearly 1,000 students from 50 private liberal arts colleges and universities applied for the awards.

His project, "Renewable Energy Islands: Lessons from the Quest for 100%: Iceland, Denmark, Canary Islands and Vanuatu," will carry him to these four islands that are investing in and developing renewable energy sources. He will study how government, business, academia and the public approach the issue of renewable energy. Although several countries are looking at renewable energy--sun, wind, water, geothermal--Tenold chose islands because they have to import what fuel they use.

Tenold is also a 2001-2002 Presidential Senior Scholar, which is awarded to two outstanding Willamette juniors annually for research in their senior year. Scholars receive a semester's tuition and a stipend for summer research. For his senior project, Garrett constructed a sonoluminescence chamber to observe how sound waves convert to light energy.

The Thomas J. Watson Foundation inaugurated the Watson Fellowship in 1968 to give college graduates of unusual promise the freedom to engage in a year of independent study and travel abroad following their graduation. The program provides Fellows an opportunity for a focused and disciplined "wanderjahr" of their own devising.