BALTIMORE – UMBC swimming and diving alum Mitchell Donovan (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) has earned a Fulbright Scholarship to continue his work in environmental science. He is the first varsity student-athlete in the history of the university to receive the prestigious scholarship.
Donovan, a 2011 graduate from UMBC, swam freestyle for the Retrievers from 2007-2011, and has since continued his studies at UMBC, working towards a Master of Science in geography and environmental science. He is the 28th UMBC student to receive a Fulbright Scholarship in the last 15 years.
"The UMBC family is very proud of Mitchell and his accomplishments as a person and as a student-athlete," said Retriever swimming and diving head coach Chad Cradock. "This is why we are in athletics, for the betterment of student-athletes, with the student aspect coming first.
"Mitchell's accomplishment highlights our program's continued focus and success in academic pursuits."
Donovan will travel to Finland to study the effects of sediment as a contaminant from agricultural land to Finnish streams, as well as the Baltic Sea. He will conduct his research for one year at the University of Turku along with other scientists in the area. Donovan then plans to return back to the United States, to Utah, to pursue a Ph.D. in Watershed Sciences.