Posted: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky.— Two current Transylvania students and one 2014 graduate have been awarded three of the 23 Alpha Lambda Delta Fellowships offered to the honor society’s 275 chapters nationwide.

Seniors Nashwin Laungani, from Lexington, and Emily Martin, from Florence, Ky., as well as Raisa Tikhtman ’14, from Lexington, received the annual fellowships for the 2015-16 academic year. The awards offset the expense of pursuing a graduate or professional degree.

Nashwin Laungani Raisa Tikhtman Emily Martin
Nashwin Laungani Raisa Tikhtman Emily Martin

"One of our newest Alpha Lambda Delta chapters, chartered in 2009, has produced more scholarship and fellowship winners than any other chapter during its six year history," said Glenda Earwood, executive director of National Alpha Lambda Delta. "With this year's three winners, the number of ALD winners from Transylvania has reached 14. That's amazing, and we are so proud of these students."

Professor Mike Nichols, who is the chapter adviser, also said he is proud of the recipients. “For the past two years we have received three graduate fellowships—more than any other chapter—and we are competing with major research universities. In addition to having wonderful students, I also credit our faculty for their encouragement and the thoughtful letters they write in support of our students.”

For the 2015 competition, National Alpha Lambda Delta reviewed one of the most qualified applicant pools ever. Applicants were predominantly graduating seniors and came from a broad cross section of chapters. The national Fellowship Reader’s Committee, a group of volunteers from ALD’s National Council, spent almost two months reviewing applications.