Dana Kuchem joins the University of Richmond as the director of scholars and fellowships. In this new position, Kuchem will be responsible for connecting Richmond students with prestigious academic opportunities.

For the past 10 years, she has served as manager of the Undergraduate Fellowship Office in the Honors and Scholars Center at The Ohio State University. She has extensive experience managing a campus-wide, undergraduate nomination process for more than 20 national scholarships and fellowships such as the Rhodes Scholarship, Marshall Scholarship and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. She is currently president of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors.

“Our students already have a great track record for securing nationally-recognized scholarships and fellowships,” said President Ronald A. Crutcher. “In fact, we’ve recently had six student scholars receive top honors, including Fulbrights and Goldwaters. Dana will elevate the strength we already have and connect our students with even more opportunities.”

“During my twelve years as a fellowship advisor, I have developed an in-depth understanding of advising high ability students in regard to their academics, professional goals and personal lives,” Kuchem said. “This holistic advising process has required me to become educated on a variety of high-impact practices for student engagement, including participation in undergraduate research and experiential and service learning. I am particularly drawn to the opportunity to advance a culture of scholarship at an institution like Richmond.”

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