University of Vermont

The Honors College

Britten Chase

Chase Receives Williams Award from Vermont Women in Higher Education

On Thursday, October 4th, Honors College staff member Britten Chase received the Peggy R. Williams Award from Vermont Women in Higher Education. The award "is presented to a woman who is in the early stages of her career, demonstrates excellence in her contributions to students, colleagues, and/or her institution (in such areas as service, innovative programs, teaching, research, etc.), and shows promise and potential for future contributions."

Chase is the director of UVM's Office of Fellowship Advising. Located in the Honors College, the office is for all undergraduate and graduate students who wish to participate in prestigious national scholarship competitions. Learn more about nationally competitive awards at UVM

A graduate of Hamilton College class of 2005, Brit was herself the recipient of a competitive scholarship, having won a Bristol Fellowship in 2005. Brit earned a Master's degree in Journalism from Columbia in 2008, after which she worked for US Rep. Earl Blumenauer( D-Ore) as Director of New Media.

Since Brit's arrival at UVM in July 2009, the number of students applying for and subsequently winning nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships has dramatically increased. In 2012, UVM had a winner in each of the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship competitions (Truman, Boren, Udall, and Goldwater). UVM is one of seven universities nationwide to achieve such success, and Brit's efforts are instrumental in this success. In Fall 2011, Brit created and implemented a very successful career development initiative, the Professional Development Forum, now in its second year of a two-year pilot.

In nominating her for the Williams award, Honors College Associate Dean, Lisa Schnell wrote: "For not only is she good at what she does, her energy, her optimism, and her profound and unshakeable commitment to students represent everything that is good about higher education."

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