congressional638.jpgPictured (left to right) are: Qiddist Hammerly (Truman), Vince Rinaolo (Goldwater), President Morton Schapiro, Renee Wellman (Udall) and Kimberly Clinch (Goldwater). Photo by Jim Prisching.

Northwestern University swept the elite congressional scholarship awards in 2015, with students receiving national recognition by the Goldwater, Truman and Udall scholarship foundations.

The three nomination-only awards highlight undergraduates who excel academically and show leadership in STEM research, public service and environmentalism. Northwestern last had winners for all three scholarships at the same time during the 2005-06 academic year.

Sophomores Kimberly Clinch (Woodbury, Minn.) and Vince Rinaolo (Lake Forest, Ill.) were honored by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program, which awards up to $7,500 to college students who intend to pursue research careers in science, math and engineering. Clinch’s interests include cosmology, neuroscience and sustainability. Rinaolo is working to make organic chemistry research methods more effective and efficient by mimicking nature with artificial enzymes.

Junior Renee Wellman (Carmel, Ind.) won the Udall Scholarship (up to $5,000), which recognizes students committed to environment-related careers or Native American and Alaska Natives who intend to work in native health care or tribal public policy. Wellman, a varsity cross-country runner at Northwestern, hopes to be an urban planner or non-profit administrator to influence food policy and community design.

Junior Qiddist Miriam Hammerly (Portland, Ore.) received the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a $30,000 award that supports graduate education for outstanding students who plan to pursue careers in public service. Hammerly plans to study racial disparities in education and youth incarceration.

For more details about each of the scholarship winners, read the original story in the Northwestern News Center.