The Washington University Women’s Society held its 37th annual meeting April 14 in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge and awarded the Elizabeth Gray Danforth Scholarship and the Women’s Society Leadership Award.
Patrick Juelich, who is studying at St. Louis Community College at Meramec and carries a 3.6 grade-point average in addition to his work and volunteer activities, won the Danforth scholarship.
Gillian Galford won the leadership award. Raymond E. Arvidson, Ph.D., the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of earth and planetary sciences in Arts & Sciences, nominated her.
The award is given to graduating women who have contributed significantly to the University community during their undergraduate years and who demonstrate a high potential for leadership.
In 1976, the Women’s Society established a full-tuition scholarship program, awarding an annual competitive two-year scholarship to an outstanding community-college transfer student.
In 1995, the society named the endowment in honor of Danforth as an expression of gratitude and admiration for all that she had done as the University’s “first lady” from 1971-1995.
Juelich has been on Meramec’s Dean’s List each semester and was recently inducted as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honors Society of Community Colleges. He will graduate this spring as an Honors Program Scholar.
“I first heard about the scholarship when I saw the brochure on a bulletin board last year,” Juelich said, pulling the brochure from his jacket. “It says, ‘Making Dreams Come True,’ and it certainly made mine come true.”
His teachers reported Juelich has a strong history of volunteerism and assumed leadership roles in his volunteer activities, such as the S.T.A.R. Program (Supporting Teenagers At Risk).
He has been admitted into the College of Arts & Sciences.
Galford has displayed effectiveness in service to others, demonstrated exceptional potential for leadership and excelled academically while contributing to extracurricular activities and pursuing work or work-study employment.
She received a $500 award and a silver clock inscribed with a quote from English writer Virginia Woolf: “I should remind you how much depends upon you and what an influence you can exert upon the future.”
“I am very excited and honored to receive this award from the Women’s Society,” Galford said.
A double major in earth and planetary sciences and Environmental Studies in Arts & Sciences, Galford has maintained a GPA above 3.5 and has been on the Dean’s List. She has also participated in the Pathfinder Program in Environmental Sustainability, which combines case studies, scientific research and fieldwork with classroom study.
Her research as part of the Pathfinder Program has ranged from a study of geochemical dating and mineral distribution mapping of the Kilauea lava flow, to lithologic mapping of the Mojave Desert, to the biogeomorphology of the Lower Missouri River floodplain, to elephant migration mapping in Tanzania, to work on the Missouri Space Grant Consortium funded by NASA.
She has co-authored several scientific publications and served as a teaching assistant for one of Arvidson’s classes.
In addition to her academic contributions, she is the founding chair of Geodyssey (an earth & planetary sciences and geology club at the University), and is president of the Outing Club.
As a freshman, she recognized a need for a new type of orientation program, and led the development of the Wilderness Project, an outdoors experiential learning program for freshmen.
Galford’s fellow University students voted her peer adviser of the year. She has learned Spanish to facilitate her work as a field supervisor for a developmental organization in Paraguay and Swahili to be able to converse with her African guide while tracking elephants in Tanzania.