Student Stories

You have read about fellowship opportunities and how to begin the application process.  You may have even submitted your online profile sheet and visited the Fellowships Office.

Now that you have some fellowship opportunities that spark your interest, you wonder: What is the application process really like?

Students of diverse backgrounds and disciplines have come through our doors.  They dedicate months of time and effort into preparing for and applying to internationally and nationally competitive fellowships.  Some have received awards.  Some have not but learned about themselves through the process.  They used the skills, knowledge and drive gained through this experience to get accepted into graduate school, Peace Corps, and other opportunities that have enriched their lives.  Here are a few of their stories.

Brendan Marsh

Brendan Marsh

On April 4, 2017, at about 10:30 a.m., I tricked Brendan Marsh, about to graduate from Mizzou with degrees in physics and math, into entering the Chancellor’s suite—where he was introduced as the university’s fourth Mark Twain Fellow. Brendan thought I had taken him to Jesse Hall to see a bust of Isaac Newton, fitting for an undergraduate with his majors, but I had lied (a harmless white lie, to be sure). Rather than finding a bust of Newton on a bookshelf, Brendan opened the door to see the Chancellor’s staff seated around a conference table.

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Noah Myers

Noah Myers

Noah Myers is an active community member whether in Columbia or Colombia. While a student at MU, Noah studied abroad in Argentina and back in Columbia, he applied his passion for the Spanish language as a tutor on campus and a volunteer in the community with Centro Latino and Columbia Free Skool. His initative and clear focus led to his acceptance to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship program in Tunja, Colombia.

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Zach Parolin

Zach Parolin

Zach Parolin dedicated much of his undergraduate focus on social justice issues, even spending spring break of his sophomore year sleeping on the streets of Amarillo—five days and nights of intentional homelessness, both to raise awareness of the problem of homeless youth and to honor his mother, who had been displaced from her biological family as a teenager. Also while at Mizzou, Zach, with a few friends, founded Project Sol, a campus organization that collaborated with Rainbow House, a local shelter for runaway and at-risk youth. In its first two years, Project Sol offered mentoring to nearly 200 homeless children and teenagers, and the program is still active in Columbia. In addition, Zach coached a Special Olympics basketball team, served as a campus tour guide, led the Alumni Association Student Board (AASB), was tapped into QEBH—Mizzou’s oldest secret honors society—and was elected Homecoming King as a senior.

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Brian Pellot

Brian Pellot

Brian Pellot served as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Dubai, received the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai, and was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Morocco and Jordan. He sought both the Marshall and Rhodes scholarships; he was named a finalist for the Rhodes and selected to receive the Marshall to complete a master’s degree at St. Antony’s College, Oxford.

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Kam Phillips

Kam Phillips

Founder of Dream Outside the Box nonprofit, Kam Phillips was active on the Mizzou campus and was selected for the prestigious Truman Scholarship in 2011. She also attended the Truman Scholarship 2012 Summer Institute in Washington, D.C.

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Becca (on the left) in front of the Los Angeles Federal Courthouse where she represented a Guatemalan mother and daughter seeking asylum in immigration court as part of her work with the USC Immigration Clinic

Rebecca Taylor

One of the greatest privileges of fellowship advising is seeing young alumni pursue, achieve, and continue to refine the goals they set for themselves as graduating students. Becca Taylor, a 2013 MU graduate, is an example of an alumna who has been unwavering in commitment to advancing and protecting human rights within immigrant populations since we first came to know her in the Fellowships Office.

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