Group photo of 2021 graduating scholars who are wearing their graduation cords

Class of 2021 Graduating Scholars

On May 7, 2021, at the outdoor amphitheater on Furman’s campus, six scholars shared stories about their experiences and the impact of the scholarship on their time at Furman. Each scholar was celebrated with the presentation of a cord by Dr. Elizabeth Davis, president of Furman University. See video below to view this ceremony as well as remarks by Dr. Davis.


Cristina Bonnin

Cristina Bonnin is an economics and public health major. While at Furman, she traveled to Argentina to study Spanish, and to the Southwestern United States to learn about Native American religion and culture. She interned with Prisma Health’s Office of Innovation and served as a project manager for the taskforce supporting Prisma’s pandemic response during the summer of 2020. She also interned with Wells Fargo. In June, Cristina will begin working full-time for Wells Fargo as a healthcare corporate banking analyst.




Grace Cheney

Grace Cheney is an earth and environmental science, Spanish, and politics & international affairs triple-major. While at Furman, she has interned for the South Carolina Environmental Law Project and for Senator Tim Scott. She traveled to Madrid in 2019 to study Spanish, and she is currently applying to jobs in Maryland, where she plans to work as an environmental scientist.





Max Dudley

Max Dudley double-majored in politics and international affairs and urban studies. He traveled to Brussels, Belgium, to study international relations, European history, and rhetoric, and while in Brussels he interned with Freedom for Religious Heritage. Max also studied in China and participated in a remote internship with Innovative Urban Green in Shanghai. Max has been accepted into Furman’s strategic design graduate program, so he isn’t leaving just yet!




Lainie Morris

Lainie Morris is a Spanish major with minors in Latin American studies and medicine, health, and culture. She served as a summer research fellow in the Freeman Neuroscience Lab and presented her research at a statewide conference. She also served as an intern for Strategic Marketing International and for the Prisma Health Department of Language Services. While at Furman, Lainie traveled to Madrid, Spain, where she studied linguistic and social diversity. After graduation, she plans to work in education or healthcare as she applies to graduate schools. She hopes to have a career where she can study and teach about the impact of food culture and policy on community health in the U.S. and Latin America.



Evan Myers

Evan Myers is a politics and international affairs and Latin American studies double-major. While at Furman, he participated in research on Hispanic linguistics and interned on Capitol Hill in D.C. and with NEXT Innovation Center. He served as editor in chief of The Paladin newspaper, and he also participated in internships in both Madrid and Brussels. After graduation, Evan plans to move to D.C. and work as a public interest fellow.




Matt Smith

Matt Smith is a neuroscience major. While at Furman, he participated in the summer program for undergraduate research in surgery and in summer research with the Freeman lab. At the Freeman lab, he investigated the impacts that sex, diet, and antibiotics have on the gut microbiome and the glial cells in mice. He also spent a semester taking classes in Australia. After graduation, Matt plans to take a gap year and apply to medical school.




Carson Staples

Carson Staples is a psychology and religion double-major. While at Furman, she served as a research and physical therapy assistant and certified hyperbaric oxygen therapy technician at the Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Edinburgh. She attended the Cothran Center FOCUS trip and Happiness MayX in Copenhagen, and she traveled to Italy and Switzerland to study art and religion. After graduation, Carson plans to take a gap year to get patient contact hours before applying to PA school.




Abbey Trippel

Abbey Trippel is a public health major who studied abroad in China and Scotland and served as a Tobacco-Free Alliance intern at ASH Scotland. She participated in a pre-med internship at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago where she shadowed physicians and assisted in clinical research on epilepsy treatment protocols among brain cancer patients. She also interned as a research assistant at the Social Environment and Health Lab at Northwestern University, where she studied food safety, food security, and nutritional effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Abbey plans to take a gap year pursuing some sort of public health or service work to gain experience within the medical field before attending medical school for pediatric medicine.





Sarah Barnett

Sarah Barnett is a Spanish and politics and international affairs major with a minor in Latin American studies. In the summer and fall of 2020, she interned at World Relief Memphis. She traveled to Italy and Switzerland, studying religion and art, and to Chile and Argentina, participating in a Spanish immersion program. Post-graduation, Sarah is looking for a full-time job opportunity somewhere at the intersection of politics and religious identity.




Hayden Braun

Hayden Braun is a biology major who minored in medicine, health, and culture. While at Furman, he completed a research internship at Harvard Medical School. He also traveled to Southern Africa, where he studied global health inequalities. After graduation, Hayden will attend medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina.




Makala Fuller

Makala Fuller is a chemistry and theater arts double-major. She has conducted research in chemistry during her time at Furman, and she also participated in an independent study on costume design. She planned to study away in the United Kingdom in 2020, but the trip was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID. Makala plans to attend Clemson University in the fall as part of their chemistry Ph.D. program. She wants to pursue a career in research in the pharmaceutical industry.




Davy Hiott

Davy Hiott is an economics and German studies double-major. While at Furman, he participated in a Bank of America Global Transaction Services (GTS) summer internship and a Medical-Legal Partnership internship. He traveled to Berlin and participated in the 2019 Life on the Rhine MayX trip. Post-graduation, Davy plans to work at Bank of America as a GTS analyst.




Campbell Long

Campbell Long is a psychology major who served as a research assistant at the Medical University of South Carolina Stroke and Locomotion Lab. He was a teaching assistant for Psychology Research Methods and Statistics, and a clinical counseling intern at The Parenting Place. After graduation, Campbell plans to work in research for one to two years before pursuing a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.




Roberta Moran

Roberta Moran is a neuroscience major who has conducted research in partnership with a neurologist at Prisma Health, investigating the relationship between traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease. She also conducted research at Furman, studying the effects of the diet and the microbiome on the brain. She traveled to Italy to learn about the slow food movement and spent a semester in Australia studying neuroscience. After graduation, Roberta plans to pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, studying mental health treatments.




Tia Ray

Tia Ray is a neuroscience and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies double-major. While at Furman she participated in a sports medicine internship, a Prisma Health observership, and in neuroscience research. She also traveled to Spain, where she studied travel writing. After graduation, Tia hopes to attend graduate school.






Alicia Key

Alicia Key is a computer science and linguistics major. While at Furman, she conducted summer research on Computing in Community. She also participated in a 2020 summer research fellowship and a Capgemini RISE internship. After graduation, Alicia will be working for Capgemini in Columbia, South Carolina as a technical analyst.




Ingrid Ramos Rivera

Ingrid Ramos Rivera is a Spanish and politics and international affairs double-major. While at Furman, she worked on a research project on Oral Histories of Columbian Textile Workers in Greenville. She also interned for The Justicia Project and studied deterrence in the immigration context with Dr. Arsiniega. In 2019, Ingrid traveled to Madrid, Spain, to study Spanish. After graduation, she will take a gap year before applying to law school. This summer, she looks forward to traveling to her home country, Mexico.





Harrison Broyles

Harrison Broyles is a business administration, economics, and sustainability major. While at Furman, he served as an operations intern at Cape Asset Management and at Graydon Thompson, LLC. He traveled to multiple locations in China to learn more about environmental studies as part of the study away program. After graduation, Harrison plans to move into a Chick-fil-A corporate position within the next six months.




Ethan Kohrt

Ethan Kohrt is a computer science major. He has participated in summer computer science research projects titled “Realistic Character Generation” and “A Recommendation System for Walt Disney World Hotels.” After graduation, Ethan plans to attend graduate school to study natural language processing.





Abby Mathai

Abby Mathai is a psychology and politics and international affairs double-major. During her freshman year, Abby served as head research assistant for The Fourtitute Study, a project funded by The Duke Endowment to study student resilience over their four-year tenure. She also served as the Riley Institute intern for both the Advance Team and Scholars at Furman. In 2019 Abby traveled to Australia, where she studied politics and international sports business at Bond University in Queensland. This summer she plans to bartend in Dallas before pursuing a position in international affairs and foreign relations.




Minnie Pham

Minnie Pham is a communication studies major with a minor in film studies. She has participated in several internships, including Global Eagle Entertainment in Singapore, and LG Electronics and LitExtensions in Vietnam. She also served as a Furman admissions intern, and she studied abroad and interned at The Right Street Digital in Brussels, Belgium. After graduation, Minnie plans to get a job in the marketing field before getting back to school. Her goal is to open a coffee chain in her hometown to support the local economy.




Will Przedpelski

Will Przedpelski is an applied mathematics, Spanish, and information technology triple-major. While at Furman, he participated in mathematics research. He studied Spanish in Spain and took a leave of absence to work as an intern for the Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He also traveled to the Balkans to study war and memory across Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia. After graduation, Will plans to work as a post-graduate fellow for Venture South, a Greenville-based venture capital company.




Jacob Soapes

Jacob Soapes majored in German studies, politics and international affairs, and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies. He served as an intern for ‘Ron DeSantis for Governor,’ Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Orlando, FL, and for the Upstate regional office of Senator Lindsey Graham. Jacob also traveled to Berlin, Germany, and participated in a European studies program. He hopes to attend graduate school and pursue a master’s degree in public administration.