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Westminster Student Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship


SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College sophomore Ashlee Allred was recently awarded a scholarship from the highly prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation.

Allred was one of 310 scholarship recipients selected on the basis of research and academic merit from a field of more than 1,000 mathematics, science and engineering students nominated by faculty from colleges and universities nationwide.

Westminster College Associate Professor of Biology Bonnie Baxter nominated Allred on the basis of her academic performance and her research on salt-tolerant microorganisms living in Utah's Great Salt Lake. "Ashlee Allred's impressive academic record and research experience made her a perfect choice for this award," Baxter said. "Pretty much, she can get into any graduate school she wants now."

Allred, 19, is a member of both Tri-Beta and Alpha Chi honor societies at Westminster College. A native of Huntington, Utah, she has a double major in psychology and biology and hopes to eventually earn her doctorate in genetic counseling.

"I was just really, really excited to get the scholarship," Allred said. "I hope to use it to further my education."

"The Goldwater Scholarship Foundation's trustees and staff are pleased and proud to have a woman of Ashlee Allred's character and exceptional academic achievements as a 2004 Goldwater Scholar," said Gerald J. Smith, Goldwater Scholarship Foundation. "Ashlee was rated at the top of 11 outstanding nominees from the state of Utah by the Goldwater Selection Panel of highly qualified academicians from institutions throughout the United States."

The scholarship program honoring Senator Barry M. Goldwater was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences, and engineering.

Westminster College is the only private, comprehensive liberal arts college in Utah and one of the very few in the Intermountain West. The college is small, nondenominational and focused intensively on student learning. It prepares its students for success through a strong foundation of liberal education combined with cutting-edge professional programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Westminster in the top tier of regional colleges and universities in the West, and as an excellent educational value. For more information, visit