Mercer Students Excel at Earning National Scholarships, Fellowships

Each year, Mercer students compete for the most prestigious and highly selective scholarships, fellowships and postgraduate opportunities in the U.S. In 2017, junior Kyla Semmendinger and sophomore Runyu Cai became the first two Mercer students to earn Goldwater Scholarships in a single year, and the University’s fifth and sixth recipients in the past four years of the nation’s premier scholarship for undergraduates in science, mathematics and engineering. Additionally, seniors Aaron Scherf and Alayna Williams and alumnus David Wildes each earned Fulbright U.S. Student Awards, tying the University record for the number of students to participate in the nation’s flagship international education program in one year. These students are among some two dozen who received coveted awards from agencies and organizations, such as the U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Department of State, Amgen, Campus Compact, the Center for Civil and Human Rights, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Council of Independent Colleges, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, National Security Education Program, U.S. Agency for International Development and the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, or were selected to sought-after appointments in programs such as the Peace Corps and Teach For America. For more information about Mercer’s Office of Scholarships and Fellowships, visit