Captain Richard W. Bates Scholarship

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Awardees

2020
Jacob Ehret, a rising junior at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is a physics major with a French language minor and remains committed to a career devoted to climate change mitigation. He sees this issue as the most critical problem facing our society and one that directly impacts national security. Severe weather, loss of arable land, and mass migration - amongst other impacts - all threaten global stability. He believes these threats can be reduced through creative and multidisciplinary approaches where Jacob intends to establish himself as a leader. He believes solving complex problems requires science and mathematics as well as linguistic and cultural understanding. Jacob changed his major from public policy to physics to gain the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) background and essential problem-solving skills for climate change mitigation. Through his work at UCLA’s Simulated Planetary Interiors (SPIN) Lab and academics he learned mathematical and scientific-reasoning while developing skills in data analysis and electrical engineering. His minor will assist in eventually visiting French-speaking countries in Africa where much climate change effort must be directed. Jacob is the recipient of 2020 Captain Richard W. Bates Scholarship for the third consecutive year.
Sponsor: Commander Jeanine Ehret, formerly of COMTHIRDFLT staff

2019
Jacob Ehret, a rising sophomore at the University of California Los Angeles, is a physics major with a French minor. He continues to see climate change as the most critical problem facing society and one that directly impacts our national security. He aims to develop and advance innovative energy policies in the U.S. and throughout the world that will help reverse the impacts of global warming such as mass migration, land usage, and food availability. He changed his major from public policy to physics to gain the STEM background and essential problem-solving skills for climate change. mitigation. His minor is designed to assist in eventually visiting French-speaking countries in Africa to better connect with a region where much climate change effort must be directed. This is the second year Jason has been awarded the Bates scholarship.

2018
 Jacob Ehret is a 2018 graduate of Coronado High School in Coronado, California and has applied to the University of California Los Angeles, Georgetown University, and California Institute of Technology – San Luis Obispo because they have dual degree-granting programs, study abroad, language immersion, and research internships. He intends to major in Science, Technology, and International Affairs and pursue a career in public policy or foreign relations with a focus on climate change mitigation by developing innovative energy policies in the U.S. and throughout the world to reverse the impacts of global warming such as mass migration, land usage, and food availability.

2017
Noah Freye, sponsored by LCR Jeff Freye of Riverine Group TWO, lives, in Chesapeake VA. He will be starting his college career at William and Mary and majoring in Biology. His goal is to become a medical doctor with a research focus on epicutaneous immunotherapy, controlling allergen reactions through use of a patch.

2016
Matthew W. Coulter, sponsored by CDR James Coulter, Jr., of Navy Operational Support Center in Washington DC, lives in Sterling VA. Although he has not yet committed to a specific university, his plans are to obtain a commission in the USN and pursue a degree in engineering.

2014
Kelsey Turner (fourth consecutive award), continuing her education at the University of Vermont with a major in English and Art History. 
Sponsor: CAPT Alfred Turner stationed at US Fleet Cyber Command/US 10th Fleet

 

2013
Kelsey Turner (third consecutive award)
Sponsor: CAPT Alfred Turner stationed at US Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet

2012
Kelsey Turner, continuing his studies at University of Vermont. This is his second award of the Bates Scholarship. 
SponsorCAPT Alfred R. Turner stationed at US Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet 

 

2011
Kelsey Turner 
Sponsor: CAPT Alfred R. Turner V stationed at US Fleet Cyber Command/US TENTH Fleet 

 

2010
Keaton M. Maguire, who will be attending Utah State University with a major of Doctorate of Medicine and a minor in Business. 
Sponsor: ISC Gene S. Maguire, USNR, assigned to the Office of Naval Intelligence Reserve Unit 0287, Salt Lake City, UT

 

2009
Emily J. Sharp will attend the University of Virginia. 
Sponsor: CAPT Robert D. Sharp, USN, assigned to COMUSNVACENT, (5th Fleet)

2008
G. Austin Wilson, who will attend Vanderbilt University 
Sponsor: CAPT Ward T. Wilson, USN, assigned to the intelligence staff of Chief of Naval Operations at the Pentagon

2007
Caroline Exner, who will attend the University of Virginia

2006
Lauren F. Acton, who will attend Washington State University 
Sponsor: CDR David W. Acton, who is presently serving on the staff of Commander Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at NAS Whidbey Island

2005
Lauren F. Acton, who will attend Washington State University 
Sponsor: CDR David W. Acton, who is presently serving on the staff of Commander Electronic Attack Wing Pacific at NAS Whidbey Island