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Timberlake, Shipp selected as 2015 Beck Fellows

Kara Timberlake, of Beaumont, and William Shipp, of Spicewood, have been selected as 2015 recipients of the David J. Beck Fellowships, a competitive and generous award for Lamar University undergraduate students.

LU President Kenneth Evans will formally recognize Timberlake, an English and communications major with a minor in Spanish, and Shipp, a chemical engineering and mathematics major, as Beck Fellows at a ceremony on campus next month.

The Nov. 21 event also will include recognition of Beck Fellowship finalists Sarah Hughes of Santa Fe, Texas, Amirah Mohammad of West Palm Beach, Florida, and Molly Ross of Lumberton, and presentations by LU’s 2014 Beck Fellows, Keeley Townley-Smith of Lumberton and Kollin Kahler of Waco. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the University Reception Center, 8th floor of LU’s Mary and John Gray Library.

The Beck Fellowship covers all expenses – including tuition, fees, books and on-campus room and board – for one year and includes up to $10,000 to pursue a summer project proposed as part of the application packet. First awarded in 2009, the fellowship is made possible by a generous gift from LU distinguished alumnus and prominent attorney David J. Beck, founding partner of Beck Redden LLP in Houston.

Timberlake plans to further her pursuit of a career in publishing with an editorial internship with Anthem Press, an independent publishing house known for publishing educational material and classic literature, at its London office. 

Shipp plans to perform energy-related research at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, with a focus on materials for energy storage and supercapacitors.

Applicants for the David J. Beck Fellowships must be full-time LU undergraduates in any major with grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Fellows are selected based on the strength of their complete application packet, including proposed summer project, academic record and financial need. Application packets are available late in the spring semester and must be submitted by Oct. 1 each year. For more information on the David J. Beck Fellowships, visit or call (409) 880-8400.