Hellman honored with National Mortar Board Fellowship

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Mortar Board National Foundation recently announced that University of Tulsa alumna Hillary Hellmann (BA ’12) is the recipient of the 2012 Mortar Board Ramier-Coleman Fellowship, a $3,000 award.

TU alumnus Hillary HellmanHellman graduated summa cum laude in May, earning a double major in political science and Spanish with minors in communication and international studies. She is currently a first-year law student at TU, specializing in comparative and international law.

Hellman was initiated into the Senior Staff chapter of Mortar Board in 2010 and served for two years as historian. Her student involvement includes president of University Ambassadors, vice president of Delta Delta Delta, and vice president of membership of Order of Omega. A leader in the local community as well as on campus, Hillary volunteered regularly at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and dedicated four years as a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. For her academic and service endeavors, Hellmann was recognized as the TU Jess Chouteau Outstanding Senior.

Beyond Hellman’s perfect grade point average, she participated in scholarly research. Her examination of the Mexican drug wars, inspired by a study abroad experience in Valencia, Spain, was chosen for presentation at the TU Student Research Colloquium, an honor typically reserved for graduate students. She also undertook cybercrime research for the Tulsa Police Department and gained additional experience by interning for the FBI.

A 2008 alumna of Eureka High School, Hellman is the daughter of Greg and Paige Hellmann of Wildwood, Mo.

Mortar Board is the premier national honor society recognizing college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.

Gail Banzet