Furman Fellowships are awarded annually to five members of the senior class who’ve shown unique leadership skills and an ability to make a difference in the world and in the lives of others.
Furman Fellows Class of 2017
- Ian McConnell
Ian McConnell is a mathematics and music double major from Reston, VA. His positive, uplifting spirit, encouragement, and respect of others along with his hard work, dedication, and creativity allow him to make a difference at Furman and beyond. A Wylie Math Scholar, Ian’s exceptional problem-solving skills were evident during his summer research project in the area of sports analytics. At each stage of his research, Ian faced challenges and offered creative solutions. In addition to his work in mathematics, Ian excels as a principal cellist in the Furman Symphony Orchestra and was selected as an honors recital performer. Ian is a member of the Pauper Players and serves as president of the FUtones, for which he sings, composes, and arranges songs, plans concerts and recordings, and arranges charity performances. In addition, he wrote, performed, recorded, and released an album of original pop songs. Beyond Furman, Ian plays cello for retirement homes and worship services and sings in the choir at First Baptist Church of Greenville. Ian is also a long-time supporter of Habitat for Humanity.
- Emilee O’Brien
Emilee O’Brien of Wilbraham, MA, is lauded for her work ethic and her keen ability to understand issues and arguments and carefully analyze those debates. A political science major, she has lobbied with the Friends Committee on National Legislation regarding prison and sentencing reform. She was also selected to present her paper, “A Gathering of Allies,” on Dr. Martin Luther King’s last Sunday sermon at the Carolinas Communication Association Convention. On campus with SHARP (Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention), she worked to coordinate Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Highlights of this work included reaching out to Greenville artist Wanda Meade to organize an exhibit “Survivors Finding Voice” in the Furman library. In addition, Emilee developed a well-attended on-campus awareness event entitled “Advocacy and Healing: A Community Dialogue.” Her work is further highlighted by her volunteer experience at The Charter Oak Culture Center, a non-profit cultural arts center. As one professor notes, “Emilee has made a tremendous difference at Furman and elsewhere, engages others and the problems they face in imaginative and constructive ways, and is extraordinarily well regarded.”
- Lattie Reddoch
Lattie Reddoch is a mathematics and piano performance double major from Calhoun, GA. A team player determined to tackle intellectual challenges, Lattie participated in the Director’s Summer Program at the National Security Agency. In addition, her student research at Furman worked to optimize the assignments of students at different high schools in the Greenville County School District. Her development of this project showcased her problem-solving abilities and highlighted the care and concern she has for others. Also a talented pianist, Lattie has excelled as a soloist and collaborative artist. Winner of the biennial Furman Concerto Competition, she has alsoperformed on the music department’s honors recital and was inducted into the music honor society, Pi Kappa Lambda. She is a current member of Furman Singers and Twelve Peers, was the pianist and musical director for the Pauper Players’ production of Shrek, and sings in the choir at First Baptist Church of Greenville. Lattie is an instructor in the Piano for Young People program, serves as a keyboard teaching assistant and mathematics tutor, and has volunteered for Project Host, a local organization that works to fight hunger.
- Amanda Richey
Amanda Richey, an earth and environmental sciences and communication studies double major, hails from Baton Rouge, LA. She stands out as a well-rounded and hardworking leader with a passion for people, community, and service. Amanda has effectively merged her interest in the environment with her love of writing and people and has contributed extensively to the Engaged Living Program, the Furman newspaper as chief editor, the Environmental Action Group, the Environmental Science Department’s Bartram Society, Alpha Phi Omega, and the Interfaith Youth Core. Outside of Furman, she has been a community activist, helping to advocate and assist with local community gardens, lobbying state representatives on regional and national environmental issues, and educating the masses on climate change and the importance of climate change policy. In addition, she has served the needs of children by working in the Girl Scout Wrangler Program and by tutoring at Lakeview Middle School. Amanda’s strong character and her commitment to improving the lives of others have made a positive impact on peers, the University, and the broader community.
- Katie Scholles
Katie Scholles, a biology and anthropology double major from Wyoming, OH, is lauded for her engaging and sincere personality as well as her keen interest in helping others. In addition to balancing two majors with additional coursework for a possible career in medicine or forensics, Katie has shown exceptional skill in the research setting. Not only is she serious about her work, but her enthusiasm and collegiality foster a very positive working environment. She matches her intellect with an interest in helping others and engaging with the Furman community. As one professor notes, “In my experience, her first thought is never about herself, but more about how she can prepare herself for a career focused on others.” She is currently the founder and president of the Club for American Sign Language, the co-founder and co-president of the Anthropology Student Association, and a founding member of the Red Cross Club in the Heller Service Corps. In addition, Katie works in the Center for Academic success and is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society, Biology Honor Society, Women in STEM, and the Medical Missions Organization.