Fall 2007 Edition
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Scholars’ Words of Wisdom

Willamette students compete for and receive prestigious national scholarships year after year. We asked our 2007 national scholars to share their favorite quotations.

To read more about these scholars, go to http://blog.willamette.edu/stories/.

Maia Hoover

Maia Hoover ’07, economics major and Spanish minor, Fulbright Grant to teach English in South Korea:
“People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously. This is how character is built.”
—Eleanor Roosevelt

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Elizabeth Humphrey

Elizabeth Humphrey ’07, history major, Fulbright Grant to teach English in South Korea:
“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
—Anais Nin

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Jennifer Bufford

Jennifer Bufford ’08, biology major, Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for students pursuing careers in science, math or engineering: “The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not ‘Eureka!’ (I found it!) but ‘That’s funny. . . .’”
—Isaac Asimov

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Lindsay Mumm

Lindsay Mumm ’08, politics and Spanish major, Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study and volunteer in Chile: “Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
—Howard Thurman

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Chris Platano

Chris Platano ’10, economics major, Kemper Scholarship for first-year students interested in business or management careers: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.”
—Steve Prefontaine

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Jan Taborsky

Jan Taborsky ’10, economics major, Kemper Scholarship for first-year students interested in business or management careers: “Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.”
—Albert Einstein

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Recent graduates also receive national scholarships, many after serving in the Peace Corps or other service programs. Four young alumni recently received national scholarships:

Micael Bogar ’03, English major, Peace Corps service in Azerbijan, Fulbright Grant to research effective forms of conflict resolution through “Theatre of the Oppressed” program in Russia and the Republic of Georgia

Natalie Muren ’06, biology major, National Science Foundation Fellowship to pursue graduate work in chemistry at the California Institute of Technology

Joseph Uyeda ’06, biology major, National Science Foundation Fellowship to pursue graduate work in herpetology at Oregon State University

Craig Webster ’05, mathematics and physics major, master’s degree in mathematical modeling from Oxford University (September 2007), Fulbright Grant to travel to Hungary to make films about the mathematics work of Paul Erdos