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2020 Advantage Scholars

Class of 2024 Scholars at Furman

Scholars at Furman engage in a variety of academic, social, and service activities during their Furman career. Beginning with time spent getting to know one another before the start of their freshmen year all the way through the graduating scholars’ luncheon, these students engage in learning and leadership opportunities and develop relationships they carry with them well beyond their time at Furman.

The Class of 2024 Scholars a different approach to their Advantage Scholars experience. This summer’s activities included:

  1. Zoom introductory meeting with their peers followed by a quick meeting with their mentors
  2. Ongoing interactions with their mentors
  3. A Facebook group for them to interact with one another

Once the Class of 2024 scholars arrived on campus, they were able to come together in person for Dining with ‘Dins, a weekly dinner series held on the first six Monday evenings of the semester. Fortunately, the weather cooperated!  Scholars were able eat together outdoors, and hear from six engaging experts on a variety of social issues. Plus, each scholar received an Advantage Scholars tee shirt and a Riley Institute cup with a few goodies inside.

August 24: Dr. Danielle Vinson shared tips and tricks for finding reliable sources of information. The students looked at several examples and practiced determining whether sources were reliable.

August 31: Dr. Kyle Longest led the scholars in exploring the challenges faced by the working poor. Students completed a budget activity in which they got a taste for just how challenging it is to support a family on minimum wage.

September 7: Dr. Sally Morris Cote discussed with the scholars why prisons exist.  What is their purpose, and what should their purpose be? Do these always match?

September 14: Dr. Shaniece Criss, a city council member and faculty member of the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, highlighted public health disparities and social determinants of health.

September 21: Dr. Brittany Arsiniega discussed her research on policing and what the data tell us about how dangerous is it to be a cop in America.

September 28: Dan Weidenbenner from Mill Village Farms discussed ways in which Mill Village programs support the Greenville community and ways students can engage in their work.

Below are the photos and bios of this year’s sophomore, junior, and senior scholars at Furman. These students look forward to welcoming the Class of 2024 scholars to campus soon! Until then, check out their video in which they send greetings to the incoming class from afar.

Classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023 Scholars at Furman

Abbey Trippel
is a senior majoring in public health.

Abbey is part of the national pre-health honor society Alpha Epsilon Delta and a member of Alpha Delta Pi. She volunteers through Heller Service Corps at the Greenville Free Medical Clinic and Neighborhood Focus. In Abbey’s free time at Furman, she loves lake walks with friends, drives up Paris mountain, and going out to eat in downtown TR or Greenville!




Abby Mathai
is the student leader in charge of Furman’s scholars. She is a senior from Plano, TX, and a double-major in psychology and politics and international affairs.

Outside of class, Abby is president of the Furman University Student Activities Board (FUSAB), and she has been a sports marketing intern in the Furman Athletics Department for the past three years. She is also team leader of the Riley Institute Advance Team. She is always down for coffee, road-tripping and watching basketball.




Abigail Robertson
is a sophomore still pondering her major!

She is part of the cross country and track-and-field team at Furman. Her favorite spot on campus is anywhere around the lake. In her free time, Abigail enjoys hiking (especially Paris Mountain), cooking and baking, and hanging out with her friends.





Alana Miller
is a junior, majoring in both health sciences and Spanish.

Alana just got back from a semester abroad, but when she is on campus, Alana is involved in Admissions Ambassadors, greek life, UKirk Ministry Group, and she works in Enrollment Services. Her favorite spot on campus is the Lib patio, because it's such a nice place to study or hang out when the weather is nice. When Alana has a little bit of free time, she loves taking walks around the lake with friends, going to the PAC, and bingeing Disney+ (I'm obsessed)!




Ali Collins
is a sophomore still pondering her major!

On campus, Ali is an Admissions Ambassador, a part of the Heller Service Corps Leadership Team, and a member of Tri Delta Sorority. Ali loves meeting so many new people through these organizations, and they are all people that she looks up to. You can catch Ali studying outside the library by the beautiful fountains, or at her favorite spot in the dining hall, which is at a table right by the window that looks out on the lake. In her free time, Ali enjoys going on runs (around the lake is the best!), dancing in her room with friends, and trying out new coffee shops in downtown Greenville on the weekends.



Alicia Key
is a senior from Monetta, SC. She majors in computer science and minors in linguistics.

Alicia is currently a member of Furman University Gospel Ensemble (FUGE), Furman University Mosaics, and Korean Club. Alicia is also a Pathways Peer Mentor. Alicia’s favorite spot on campus would have to be the Furman Lake because of the peacefulness and all the nature you can spot. During her free time, she enjoys learning K-Pop dances with the Korean club members and watching choreography videos.



Alston Lewis
is a junior and a double major in biochemistry and history.

Outside of class, Alston takes part in the Interfraternity Council (IFC), American Chemical Society and Greek life. His favorite spot on campus is the bridge at the back of the lake. When Alston is not on campus, he spends time sailing and backpacking.





Amber Jacobsen
is a junior, majoring in public health on the pre-med track.

She is involved in Ladies of Distinction through Heller and Greek life. Her favorite spot on Furman's campus is the library steps, especially for a study break. In her free time, Amber loves to be outdoors with friends and enjoys cooking and baking.





Andrew McHorse
is a sophomore with a double major in both chemistry and sustainability science.

Andrew is involved with the Outdoors Club and the Shucker Leadership Institute on campus! He loves to settle down in the science library with its wide windows and quiet nature. In his free time, Andrew loves to hike and rock climb.




Ben Beeker
is a sophomore and still pondering which major to choose!

Ben plays on the Furman men’s basketball team, he is a member of the Shucker Leadership Institute, and a participant in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).  Ben says he spends more than enough time at the library, so it has come to be his favorite spot.

In Ben’s free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends, watching movies or sports, or going to downtown Greenville.



Ben El-Wardany
is a sophomore, double majoring in economics and psychology.

On campus, Ben is involved in Pi Kappa Phi. He also enjoys lake walks, working out, and hanging out with friends.





Cami Gunn
is a junior with a major in health sciences.

She is primarily involved in Greek life, Furman University Outdoor Club (FUOC), FCA and Alpha Epsilon Delta. She also works part-time at the library and loves it! Her favorite spot on campus is the library steps. It’s pretty underrated, but in her expert opinion it’s the best spot to enjoy some sunshine between classes, read, or catch up with a friend. When Cami has free time she loves to hike, cook, and find cool coffee shops!




Campbell Long
is a senior who majors in psychology.

Campbell is involved in many facets of campus life. He is chaplain of Sigma Nu, a member of the Psychology Club, a teaching assistant, an RA and the Tide Laundry campus attendant. In his free time, he loves eating food from the PDen with friends by the lake, biking around campus, or driving to nearby Paris Mountain State Park for some hiking by the lake!




Carson Staples
is a senior, double-majoring in psychology and religion with a pre-PA track.

Carson is a member of Greek life, Young Life, and the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection. On campus she loves to go on walks or runs around campus, explore fun restaurants in TR and Greenville, and go to Pure Barre! In her spare time, she also loves to paint and enjoy other relaxing artistic outlets.




Charlie Reiney
is a double major in both math and computer science.

On campus, Charlie is involved in Admissions Ambassadors, Club Tennis, Club Spikeball, and Greek life. He enjoys spending time on the Swamp Rabbit Trail. In his free time some of his favorite things to do are tennis and other sports, mountain biking, camping, and going on road trips.




CJ Waldrop
is a sophomore majoring in music.

He studies both the trumpet and voice, so he performs in Furman ensembles including marching band, jazz band, and Furman singers. His favorite spot on campus is the bell tower. When he is not playing music, CJ enjoys mountain biking, unicycling, and working out!





Comeragh Sheehan
is a sophomore from Westhampton, New York.

He is member of the Kappa Alpha Order and a part of the symphonic band on campus. Comeragh likes to stay active by going to the gym and surfing.





Erica Daly is a junior who is majoring in politics and international affairs.

Erica is part of Mock Trial, the Riley Institute Advance Team and Tocqueville Fellows. While she is not participating in those activities, Erica enjoys working out and game nights with friends.





Evan Meyers
is a senior, majoring in politics and international affairs.

He is the head editor of The Paladin Newspaper, a member of the Tocqueville Fellows, and the president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) Executive Council on campus. Evan plays club soccer and enjoys camping and hiking on the weekends. His favorite spot on campus is the Modern Language Center, where he tutors students in Spanish and French.




Gabie Giers
is a sophomore who will double-major in sustainability science and politics and international affairs.

She is involved in the Shucker Leadership Institute, recruiting diverse students to campus through MOSAIC, and volunteers at an afterschool program for low-income kids in the New Washington Heights community of Greenville. In Gabie’s free time, she likes watching shows with her best friend/roommate and their friends, exploring restaurants in downtown Greenville, and hanging out with the girls on her hall.



Grace Cheney is a senior and a triple major in earth & environmental science, Spanish, and politics & international affairs.

Grace is part of the Furman Mock Trial team. When she’s not on campus, Grace loves to spend time with her friends by going out to dinner in Travelers Rest and baking in their apartment.




Hanna Gemmell
is a sophomore from Cleveland, Ohio. Her major is psychology, on the pre-med track.

She is a part of Greek life and works an off-campus job. Her favorite spot is the Library Cafe because she says there is nothing better than a smoothie before studying. In her free time, she loves to go out to eat with her friends - their favorite place is Sushiyama! She also enjoys going to the PAC to work out, and meeting friends at Starbucks in between classes.




Hannah Trayhan
is a sophomore still pondering her major!

She is a member of Residential Life Council (RLC) and Mock Trial on campus. In her free time, she likes to hang out with friends or eat junk food! Hannah can often be found tucked away in the cubbies of the library.





Lainie Morris
is a senior, majoring in Spanish and on the pre-health track.

She is involved in Orientation Staff, Admissions Ambassadors, the Shucker Leadership Institute, and volunteers at Neighborhood Focus. Lainie loves traveling, 'docu-series,' good books and cozy coffee shops. In her free time, you can find her exploring the Greenville food scene, going on walks around the lake, and spending time with friends.




Lauren Allen
is a junior, who double majors in health science and Spanish.

Lauren spends a lot of time doing club tennis, which she loves! She also enjoys walking around the lake, going to coffee shops, and hiking in her free time.





Lauren Eberth
is a sophomore who is majoring in biology.

She is involved in the astronomy club, the outdoors club, Tri Beta, and the Super Smash Bros club. Her favorite spot on campus is the benches by the lake next to the DH. A few things she enjoys during her spare time are reading, various forms of visual art, and playing games with her friends.




Lauren Garrison
is a sophomore, also still pondering her major!

She is a part of the Riley Institute Advance Team, Belle Voci Women’s Choir, Mere Christianity Forum, and Heller Service Corps. Her favorite spot on campus is the path around the lake and she especially loves to walk it in the evenings when it’s warm. In her free time, Lauren enjoys hiking, playing piano, and spending time with friends and family.




Leanne Joyce is a junior majoring in German.

She is involved in the Shucker Leadership Institute, club swim team, and the pre-health society. Leanne says the best spot on campus is the Trone overlook by the rose garden. Leanne says in her free time, she enjoys baking and jump roping (yes, like in the movie Jump In)!




Lindsey Cottle
is a junior who has chosen to double-major in communications and French.

In addition to school, Lindsey is a Shucker Leadership Institute fellow, a member of Delta Gamma sorority, and the program co-coordinator for International New Student Orientation. In her free time, Lindsey loves playing volleyball, going to the Daniel Music Building, and hiking in the mountains around Furman!




Maddie Klumb
is a junior who is a double-major in both chemistry and physics.

She holds a leadership role in Kappa Kappa Gamma and the Astronomy Club. She is also a TA and tutor for the Physics Department and is a part of a research lab with the Chemistry Department. During her free time, you can find her at Pelicans on Poinsett Highway, ice skating with friends, or taking walks around the lake.




Maddie Tedrick is a junior, majoring in chemistry.

She is a part of Shucker Leadership Institute, Catholic Campus Ministries, Greek life, Admissions Ambassadors, and club swimming. Her favorite spot on campus is definitely right outside of Trone by the lake! Most of her free time at Furman is spent hanging out with her friends, swimming at the PAC, and walking around the lake!




Madeleine Edenton
is a junior, double majoring in physics and applied math.

She is  president of the Furman University Astronomy Club and secretary of the Society of Physics Students. She has also conducted research with the physics and math departments, worked with radio telescopes while in a bunker in West Virginia, and hopes to pursue a career in astrophysics. She loves to go for walks around the lake and sit outside by the koi pond! She is also a big fan of ice cream, figure skating, and stargazing.




Makala Fuller
is a senior, chemistry and theatre arts double major.

She is now on the executive team for Student League for Black Culture (SLBC) and a member of FUSAB. Makala says she loves spending time by the lake with a snack and some art supplies (whatever happens happens). That being said she also loves cooking/snacking and making art!




Matt Smith
is a senior and a neuroscience major.

He is a member of the Sigma Nu fraternity and the president of the Furman Responders Club. In his free time, he loves running, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking! On campus, Matt’s favorite spot has to be the rugby field, because that’s where he got to know many of his closest friends at Furman while playing for the men’s rugby team.




Max Dudley
is a senior, and is working towards a politics and international affairs major with and urban studies minor.

On campus, Max is involved in Orientation Staff, Student Government Association, Student Alumni Council, and Greek life. His favorite Furman spot on campus is the amphitheater or the Shi Center farm. In his free time, he enjoys gardening, reading, Netlfix, and video games.




Michael Bowling is a junior and a computer science and applied mathematics double major.

He is a part of both the Methodist group and the Super Smash Bros club. In his free time Michael enjoys reading and coding. As far as his favorite spot on campus, Michael says that no spot compares to the steps leading up to the library overlooking the fountain.




Morgen Smith
is a sophomore and a politics and international affairs major.

At Furman, she is the president of the Mere Christianity Forum, a Tocqueville fellow, and a member of the Exploration of Vocation and Ministry program, the Political Thought Club, and the Club Swim Team. She also works as a consultant in the Writing and Media Lab. In her free time, Morgen also enjoys hiking, biking on the Swamp Rabbit trail, going contra dancing, and just playing games or reading poetry with her friends.



Nick Curcio
is a junior and a communications and Spanish double major.

Outside of class, Nick is the production executive for the Furman University News Channel and the co-president of the Furman Creative Collaborative! You can also find Nick working behind the Trone desk or out playing guitar at some local events.





Price St. Clair
is a junior and a politics and international affairs major.

When Price is not running or riding his bike, he can often be found in Johns Hall: studying for class, discussing political philosophy with the Tocqueville Program, helping out with the Riley Institute Advance Team, encouraging fellow students to register to vote in the upcoming elections alongside other Dins Vote volunteers, or something in between. Overall, Price contends that he is trying his best to make sense of politics, faith, philosophy, and science in our polarized, pluralist society.



Roberta Moran is a senior and a neuroscience major.

Roberta works as an assistant area coordinator for Housing and Residence Life in South Housing, and she is the vice-president of the Student Government Association. Her favorite spots on campus are the other side of the lake (great place for some peace and quiet and a little enoing), the comfy chairs outside Trone (I love to study here in the spring when it starts getting warm again), and the front porch of the library (great view for studying or chatting).




Sam Gary
is a junior and a psychology major on the pre-med track.

Sam is involved all over campus; he is a member of FUSAB as the off-campus events coordinator, works at Trone, and is conducting research through the psychology department. Sam often looks for time to get out into the community and specifically, he loves to head off campus for dinner at Willy Taco, or head up to Bald Rock and do a hike on the weekends. He also excels at meeting new people and helping with the adjustment to college classes or any of the other major changes that college brings about. Feel free to reach out to Sam; he would love to grab coffee or a bagel and get to know you!



Sarah Barnett
is a senior and a double major in Spanish and politics and international affairs.

She is involved in Reformed University Fellowship (RUF), Greek life, Culinary Club, and volunteers regularly at Neighborhood Focus. Her favorite spots on campus are the mall, round tables in the DH, and cozy North Village apartments. When she’s not doing school, Sarah likes to run, read, and cook!




Shane Embury
is a sophomore biology major.

Shane is part of the creative writing club and club swim team, and is excited to get more involved on campus! She says the best part of campus are the dorms because she made so many friends just goofing off with her hallmates. Furthermore, in her free time, Shane writes raps and take naps.




Thomas McCoy-Bruce
is a sophomore and an earth and environmental science major.

He is an active part of the Furman music program, including the Paladin Regiment, concert band, and clarinet studio. He insists the best spots on campus are the quiet, natural ones, like the Asian garden and the small footbridge on the north side of the lake. In his free time, Thomas enjoys hiking, playing clarinet and piano, and composing music.




Thomas Whittemore
is a sophomore and a chemistry major.

He is active in the Chemistry Department, plans on being an RA in the upcoming school year, and volunteers at an after school care center called New Washington Heights. Tom finds the trail around the lake to be the best part of Furman's campus by far. In his free time, Tom loves to exercise, watch movies, and play videogames with guys from his hall.




Tia Ray
is a senior with a neuroscience major and a Middle Eastern studies minor.

She is from Taylors, SC. Her campus involvement is centered around an organization she helped formed called First Generation Student Alliance and Admissions Ambassadors. Her favorite spot on campus is hands down John E. Johns Hall. She finds herself there almost every night studying. In her free time, Tia likes to hang around in Taylors or Greenville. This can range from going downtown, to the animal shelter, the movies, the mall, Skyzone etc.!



Whitney Sussman
is a sophomore who is a health science major on the pre-med track.

She is involved in Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention (SHARP), Heller Service Corps, and PHOKUS, a mental health organization. She also worked at the Shi Center of Sustainability collecting data. Her favorite spots on campus are definitely the seating areas overlooking the lake (especially when it's sunny and the turtles/ducks are swimming). She also spends lots of time in the library and library cafe as well. In her free time, Whitney loves going to restaurants in downtown Greenville, working out in the PAC, and spending a night in with her friends!

Will Przedpelski is a senior. He is a triple major – applied math, Spanish and information technology with a Latin American studies minor.

Will works at The Paladin Newspaper as an editor. His favorite place on campus is up by Cherrydale House, where you get a really cool view over all of Furman and you can see all the mountains in the distance. He enjoys playing piano, and scheming about business ideas in free time.