We’re here to support all Wake Forest undergrads (and recent alumni) in their pursuit of prestigious external scholarship awards and Fellowships. Such awards can provide amazing opportunities to spend time overseas, grow your skills, conduct research, and continue your education.
And you’ll be far from alone on your application journey. We’ve assembled a team of Faculty Directors, who each specialize in a particular type of award, to help you prepare. They work together with the Director of the Scholars Office to ensure that Demon Deacons are aware of different awards and know what is involved in pursuing them.
Harry S. Truman Scholarship Faculty Director and Associate Professor of Sociology
Dr. Hana Brown is the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Faculty Director and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Wake Forest. A former Truman Scholar (2000, NC) her research and teaching focus on the racial politics of social policy in the United States. Students interested in learning more about the Truman Scholarship or discussing public service more generally are welcome to sign up for an office hours appointment or contact her by email at
Scholars Program Specialist and Udall Undergraduate Scholarship
Acacia Fike-Nelson, Scholars Program Specialist, supports the faculty directors and their efforts. She also manages Wake Forest’s on-campus nomination process for the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship You can schedule a meeting with her here.
Faculty Director for Fulbright Scholarships and Associate Professor of German
Dr. Alyssa Howards is the Faculty Director for Fulbright Scholarships, an Associate Professor of German, and a former Fulbright grantee. She is eager to help mentor students through every step of the Fulbright application process, so no matter what year you are in your WFU journey, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to talk about where on the globe you would like to see yourself after graduation!
STEM Scholarships Faculty Director and Associate Professor of Biology and Affiliate Faculty in Computer Science
Dr. James Pease, STEM Scholarships Faculty Director, is a faculty member in the Biology Department and an affiliate faculty in the Computer Science Department. His research focuses on genomic evolution and interactions using computational methods. Students are welcome to contact Dr. Pease by email (email@example.com) for information about any scholarships or fellowships in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Dr. Pease has also created a WFU Resource Page.
Director of the Scholars Program and UK (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell) and Foreign Service Scholarships (Pickering, Rangel, Payne)
Jackie Sheridan, Director of the Scholars Program, works in tandem with the Faculty Directors to support their efforts. She also manages Wake Forest’s on-campus nomination process for UK (Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell) and supports students applying for any award not previously listed, with a particular focus on Foreign Service Scholarships (Pickering, Rangel, Payne). You can schedule a meeting with her here.