The recipients and amounts awarded: Tanya M. Clay, a sophomore in political science, $1,000; Richard A. Foshee and Tahesha L. Paige, both sophomores in electrical engineering, $500 each.
Since 1987, the NSF has given scholarship prizes for underrepresented minority students to the undergraduate departments of NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship winners. In 1992, graduates Alexander M. Neff, political science, and Wesley E. McDermott, electrical engineering, won the graduate fellowships, making the current awards possible.
One purpose of the undergraduate scholarship prizes is to increase the opportunities for outstanding underrepresented minority students to pursue advanced study in science, engineering or mathematics, said Luther S. Williams, assistant director of the NSF Office of Education and Human Resources. Another purpose is to recognize the efforts of faculty in identifying such students and serving as mentors.