Cadet named Fulbright finalist
The Citadel announced today that senior Cadet Ryan Keiper has been named a national finalist for a Fulbright research grant in Tanzania.
Keiper, a member of Bravo Company, is a civil and environmental engineering major from Allentown, Penn. His application to study water resource management at Dar es Salaam University has been forwarded to the host-country selection panel by the U.S. Department of State’s Institute of International Education. Final decisions will be made later this spring.
In May 2009, Keiper accepted a Star of the West International Summer Scholarship to join an Engineers Without Borders team in Tierra Blanca, El Salvador, for an overhaul and expansion of the community's water grid.
"The work there," Keiper wrote in his Fulbright proposal, "yielded welcome clarity in addition to hands-on engagement: my mission is . . . to gain the requisite education and experience to help provide the human necessity of clean water."
Keiper's project in El Salvador is featured in the current issue of The Citadel ("Competing in the Global Village: Preparing Cadets for Fellowships").
In addition to posting a 3.98 cumulative GPA for his coursework, Keiper has played varsity football for four years and started last fall at fullback. His ultimate career goal is to direct an international humanitarian relief organization committed to sustainable water purification and delivery.
“In 20 years at the college I have never encountered a student so goal-oriented and mission-driven as Ryan Keiper,” said Col. Al Gurganus, director of the office of fellowships. Ryan Keiper acts on his belief, resolutely placing people and planet before the profits he might earn from his mechanical genius.”
Since 1992, 13 Citadel cadets have been awarded Fulbright scholarships.