Torres honored by the university system


Katherine Torres, 21, a University of North Georgia (UNG) alumnus, was the school’s honoree at the University System of Georgia (USG) Annual Academic Recognition Day held on February 8.

One student is selected from each of USG’s 26 public colleges and universities. Each student best represents the highest academic ideals of the system, as selected by their individual institutions. These students have a high GPA, strive for excellence, and have the ability to share their knowledge in various areas of expertise.

Torres is a Fulbright US Student Program participant teaching English in Taiwan for the 2021-22 academic year. In November, Torres became the first UNG alumnus to win the Thomas R. Pickering Fellowship. Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the scholarship attracts and prepares exceptional young people for careers in the Foreign Service. She will receive up to $42,000 per year for two years to complete a master’s degree program and participate in two summer internships designed to help her become an excellent foreign service officer.

Academic Recognition Day recipients receive a resolution from the Georgia House of Representatives, as well as a congratulatory letter from USG Acting Chancellor Teresa MacCartney.

In addition to the Pickering and Fulbright Fellowship, Torres was also awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Fellowship in fall 2019.

She also received a scholarship from the Boren Indonesian Flagship Language program in the spring of 2021, before choosing to use the Fulbright instead.

Torres represented UNG in the 2020-21 cohort of Newman Civic Fellows.


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