The experience Henriquez gained from these opportunities, paired with her own intellectual prowess and assistance from her professors, led to her being awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship in 2019, which helped fund her pursuit of research. Henriquez was one of under 500 students (5,000 were nominated) to receive the award in 2019, and one of three UD Goldwater recipients in the past two years.
“UD helped me get through the past two months,” said Mathews. “That was all UD for sure. I just want to say thank you to the donors. If it wasn’t for these funds, I’d be in so much trouble right now — I honestly wouldn’t know what to do. Now I don’t have that stress; I can focus on my schoolwork.”
TFAS is an academic internship normally based in Washington, D.C. As a Sumners Scholar at UD, Hollers had received an email earlier in the school year saying that the Sumners Foundation would fund students for the program, but once the COVID-19 pandemic hit, a summer in D.C. seemed questionable. TFAS later confirmed that the program would proceed, albeit online, with full financial support from The Sumners Foundation for the duration of the internship.