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Powell Scholars Program
Callison Hall
Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Program Director
209.946.2609
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211
clehmann@pacific.edu

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Dinelle Davis
Program Assistant
209.946.2283
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211
ddavis@pacific.edu

Message from the Director

Welcome to the Powell Scholars Program!

Powell Scholars are recipients of the university’s premier academic scholarship. We seek high achieving students from across all majors who demonstrate leadership potential, pursue creative endeavors and innovative research, and become game-changers in their communities both locally and globally. Powell Scholars are one-of-a-kind students, and it is my great privilege to share in their personal and intellectual growth.

More than just a scholarship, the Powell Scholars program is a ticket to life-altering experiences. In order to support their research and creative pursuits, Powell Scholars have access to funds for projects as well as for study abroad. Cultural enrichment is another central feature of the program. Our students not only participate in field trips to world-class arts experiences; they also bring high profile speakers, artists, scholars, and entrepreneurs to Pacific. Powell Scholars enjoy a dedicated study lounge, seminar room, and brainstorming space in Callison Hall, an ideal setting for exchanging ideas, engaging in collaboration, and refining individual and group projects.

Powell Scholars enroll in two seminars, one in the freshman year that explores leadership paradigms and another in their sophomore or junior year that guides them through the proposal development process, a requirement for Powell Scholars who wish to receive funding for original research and creative projects, as well as for study abroad. Our students have earned prestigious graduate fellowships, including the Fulbright, the Goldwater, and the Boren Award, and they have been initiated into national honors societies, including Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. Powell Scholars have gone on to distinguish themselves in top graduate and professional schools as well as in industry.

My college experience was incredible. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I undertook a rigorous course of study, graduating Summa Cum Laud and Phi Beta Kappa while majoring in English and minoring in Anthropology and Art History. I also had the great fortune of playing soccer on four Division One NCAA championship teams with legends Mia Hamm and Kristine Lily. (I was even lucky enough to score the final goal in the 1990 National Championship against UCONN; I had my five seconds of fame on ESPN2!)

I have been teaching Shakespeare, Sports Literature, Ethics, Film Studies, and Gender Studies at the University of the Pacific since 1998. I love teaching here—our students are sharp, diverse, funny, generous, and hard-working—and they always come first. Pacific is also special to me because it is the place where I met my husband, Jim Hetrick (Physics/Analytics). We were married in the Morris Chapel on campus; one of our daughters, Aquillon, attended Pacific while our other daughter, Lyra, is in junior high at Kohl Elementary School. The final member of our family is Lulu, a super-sized but playful German Shepherd who likes to herd humans.

Something most people might not be aware of is that the greater Stockton community is home to beautiful wildlife reserves in the San Joaquin Delta, where boaters can travel all the way to Fisherman’s Wharf in the San Francisco Bay. Our city is extremely diverse, with no fewer than 97 languages spoken. And although my husband and I are east coast natives, we love Northern California’s remarkable natural beauty and rich human geography. Stockton is one of the friendliest places I’ve ever known and, like the University, it is a warm and welcoming community that has become a second home for me, just as the Powell Scholars program is for our students.

For further inquiries and questions, please feel free to contact me any time at clehmann@pacific.edu or call my office at (209) 946-2609.



Courtney Lehmann, Ph.D.
Director, Powell Scholars Program
Tully Knoles Professor of the Humanities
Profesor, English and Media X
University of the Pacific
Stockton, CA 95211
clehmann@pacific.edu