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UA Students, Faculty Earn Prominent Awards in 2021

As several Crimson Tide athletics programs brought home Southeastern Conference and national championships in 2021, a host of UA students and faculty were blazing their own legacy at the Capstone by winning prestigious national and international awards.

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UA students earned multiple renowned scholarships and awards through their academic endeavors. Leading the way was Nicholas Hayes who was one of 32 Americans to receive a Rhodes Scholarship, the most prestigious academic award for American college graduates and the oldest award for international study. Hayes will study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom following graduation in May 2022.

Joining Hayes to study in the U.K. will be Jackson Foster and Nathaniel Trost who were among 41 Americans to receive the prestigious Marshall Scholarship. The scholarship funds the opportunity for American students to pursue graduate studies at U.K. institutions.

Students who earned other prominent awards throughout the year include:

UA faculty also had a stellar 2021. Dr. Ravi Kumar was chosen for the Humboldt Research Award, granted annually to no more than 100 internationally leading researchers of all disciplines outside of Germany in recognition of their academic record.

In January, Dr. Krystal Williams was chosen by “Diverse: Issues in Higher Education” magazine as one of the nation’s top 15 emerging scholars under the age of 40. The scholars were selected for making their mark on academia through teaching, research and service.

Faculty who earned other prestigious awards throughout the year include:

As 2021 comes to an end, the UA community will continue the pursuit of excellence in the new year that will be sure to provide more legendary results and accolades.


Bryant Welbourne, UA Strategic Communications,