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Citadel News Service

For Release
April 18, 2005

Cadet receives $150,000 fellowship


Cadet Raymond R. Foltz is one of five civil engineering students from across the country to be awarded a National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship. The fellowship, worth approximately $150,000, will allow Foltz to pursue his doctorate degree at any civil engineering program in the country and will pay his living expenses as well as his tuition and fees for the three-year period.

A senior from Myrtle Beach, S.C., Foltz has chosen to pursue his doctorate in structural engineering at the University of Illinois. Before receiving the NDSEG Fellowship, Foltz was offered full scholarships to Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Illinois, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Virginia Polytech Institute. He has a 4.0 grade point average at The Citadel, and he received a perfect score on the quantitative section of the Graduate Records Exam. He has published four papers as an undergraduate, and his research topics include seismic rehabilitation of structures and optimized antiterrorism barrier designs for vehicular impact.

Foltz was also recently named winner of the 2005 Tau Beta Pi Fellowship and the 2005 Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship (worth $5,000), and he was an honorable mention selection for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. A Citadel Scholar and a member of the Honors Program, he is also the recipient of the Loring K. Himelright Scholarship and an undergraduate summer research scholarship from the Mid-America Earthquake Center. He also received scholarships from the American Society of Civil Engineers South Carolina Section and the American Institute of Steel Construction.

The NDSEG Fellowship is funded by the Department of Defense, which awarded 180 new three-year fellowships this year to students who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in science and engineering. Of the five fellowships offered to civil engineering students, two were awarded to students from the University of California at Berkeley and one from both Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University

“This is an outstanding honor. Cadet Ray Foltz is a credit to the School of Engineering, and I am very proud of him,” said Citadel President Maj. Gen. John S. Grinalds.

The Citadel School of Engineering was ranked 30th in the country by U.S. News & World Report in the 2005 annual college rankings. This is the fifth consecutive year that the school has been ranked among the top engineering programs in the country.


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