Joy Peltier ’17 knew what she wanted out of her college experience long before she arrived at the University of Georgia. She knew she wanted to conduct research, study abroad, hone her foreign language skills, learn about philosophy and have meaningful mentorship opportunities along the way. She also knew that in order to achieve all of this, she would need financial assistance.
As a recipient of the university’s foremost undergraduate scholarship, the Foundation Fellowship, all of Joy’s ambitions have been realized. Now, as she pursues a joint bachelor’s and master’s degrees in romance language linguistics with the ultimate goal of earning her Ph.D., she is confident her curriculum vitae will stand apart from the competition.
Joy began her Foundation Fellowship, a highly competitive, privately funded scholarship at UGA, during her sophomore year. The requirements were even more stringent as a mid-term applicant, but with the encouragement of program director Jessica Hunt, Joy reached her goal.
“Every step of the way this university has been behind me,” said Joy, “I am very, very thankful to the donors that make the fellowship possible.”
Joy started conducting research during her freshman year, long before many students even have the opportunity to develop their research skills. After assisting with a project to help adult learners of English as a second language, Joy became determined to try her hand at her own research. With the support of the fellowship, she led her own project focused on the French and Spanish languages, an undertaking that has expanded into her master’s thesis.