Baylor Students Earn Prestigious Scholarships

  • Jonathan Keim
    Jonathan Keim courtesy photo
  • Jesus Sotelo
    Jesus Sotelo courtesy photo
May 2, 2014

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WACO, Texas (May 2, 2014) – Several Baylor Bears from the many schools within Baylor University have much to celebrate after receiving prestigious national scholarships.

Jonathan Keim, a senior chemistry major, has been selected for the United States Fulbright Scholarship and will study to earn a master’s degree in synthetic organic chemistry at the University of Nottingham for the 2014-15 school year.

Pat Farmer, Ph.D., chair and professor in the department of chemistry, said he thinks Keim’s scholarship is “wonderful.”

“He’s not afraid of taking a big chance,” he said. “He applied all over the world, and I think his intelligence made him brave enough to do it. Not all students put themselves out there like that.”

Jesus Sotelo, a senior biology major, has been named a Rotary Global Grant Scholar and has plans to study for a master’s degree in public health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London, England.

“I feel very blessed to have received this honor,” Sotelo said. “I applied and never anticipated actually getting the scholarship, so I was very ecstatic.”

Sotelo said he anticipates learning from the best in London.

“I look forward to working and learning under a world-class faculty at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine,” he said. “I hope to construct a research foundation for a career in medicine.”

Other Baylor student scholars include:

• Jeff Cross, a University Scholars major, was selected for a U.S. Student Fulbright to teach English in Germany next year.

• Elijah Maletz, a senior double major in international studies and economics, has been selected for a U.S. Student Fulbright to teach English in Mongolia next year.

• Erin McInerney, a senior choral music education major and French minor, won a French Government English Teaching Assistantship for 2014–15.

Baylor alumni have also been recognized with outstanding scholarship awards:

• Ta-Wei Lin, a 2008 Baylor graduate, has been selected for a U.S. Fulbright Scholarship for the Master of Science Program in Technology Entrepreneurship at University College London.

• Sami Froncek, a 2013 graduate of the Baylor School of Music, won a Belgium Fine Arts Award to study music in Belgium next year.

by Kristen Bennett, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805.


Baylor University is a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution, characterized as having “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The university provides a vibrant campus community for approximately 15,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating university in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 80 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 11 nationally recognized academic divisions. Baylor sponsors 19 varsity athletic teams and is a founding member of the Big 12 Conference.

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