Press Release for Thursday, April 2016
Psychology Grad First UNF Recipient of Oxford University Frost Scholarship
Media Contact: Andrea Mestdagh, Specialist
Department of Public Relations
Furtuna Tewolde, a recent University of North Florida psychology graduate, is a recipient of the Frost Scholarship, a generous funding package that covers university and college fees and a grant for living expenses for select applicants enrolled in a one year Master of Science program at Oxford University in Oxford, England. She is the first UNF student to be selected for the program.
The scholarship funds students in Florida’s State University System to study full-time master’s courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Tewolde is among 10 students within the state that received the scholarship this year.
“Furtuna’s selection as a Frost scholar is a reflection of her personal and professional passion to make a difference in the world,” said Richard Tryon, national scholarship and fellowship adviser at UNF. “Her record of performance as a student at the University is emblematic of her determination and fortitude to thrive and succeed.”
Tewolde graduated summa cum laude in July 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology from UNF. As an undergraduate, she worked on three research projects with Dr. Tracy Alloway, associate professor of psychology, studying working memory, learning and developmental delays.
Her main research interests are cognitive language development, with a focus on children on the autism spectrum as her brother was diagnosed with autism at a young age. At Oxford, she will study cognitive development working towards a master’s degree in psychological research.
“I can’t express how excited I am for this journey,” said Tewolde, a first generation college graduate. “The biggest feeling I have right now is gratitude. Looking back on my achievements, every step of the way was paved by generosity and support from everyone I’ve worked with, including Dr. Alloway and other UNF professors, coworkers and family.”
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.