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


Dinelle Davis
Program Assistant
University of the Pacific
3601 Pacific Ave
Stockton, CA 95211

Powell Scholars Program

The Powell Scholars Program develops responsible leaders who excel academically and take the initiative to understand and serve the university, local, and global communities. Our individual achievements are complemented by uniting others to make a difference in the world.

2019-2020 Powell Scholars with University Administrators

Thanks to a remarkable gift from Bob and Jeanette Powell, the Powell Scholars receive generous scholarships, enrichment opportunities, and funding for research and creative projects, as well as study abroad. The Nine Dimensions of a Powell Scholar, established by the students themselves, guide our practices collectively, while each student tailors these precepts to their individual scholarly and creative interests. For an introduction to the Program's main components, please see the Message from the Director, our brochure, our annual newsletter (2016, 2017), and the 2012 Pacific Review article "The Wind Beneath Her Wings".

What's New?

To see more of what's new with the Powell Scholars Program, click here!

Freshman Powell Scholar Amy Wheeler (Music Performance [Cello]) originally planned to participate in a chamber concert in Bend, OR, but this was canceled due to COVID-19. As a replacement for the concert, Amy created a video, shown above.

During this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic everyone is seeking comfort. For me, my comfort comes from music and being outside in nature. The videos I used are from some of my favorite Oregon State Parks which are currently closed. I wanted to use this footage as a reminder to myself that despite our current situation, nature abides. The timelessness of this Bach Sarabande pairs perfectly with the bittersweet emotions of longing for life to return to normal.
~ Amy Wheeler

This year, the Powell Scholars Senior Luncheon looked a little different, but the Powell seniors were still able to thank their faculty via Zoom. Click here for more on the Powell Senior Luncheons, and click here to see the University's story about this year's luncheon.

Powell Scholar alumnus Andrew Lu (Music Education, '19) is a band, orchestra, and choir teacher at Hart Middle School in Pleasanton, CA. In mid-April, Andrew organized and created a video (above) with the Pleasanton School Distric music educators to help all the K-12 Pleasanton music students know that their teachers love them and miss them during the school shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Also featured in this video are two other Pacific Conservatory alumni, Erik Nishimori and Jonathan Pedroni.

Powell Scholar Gabriel Bick (Computer Science) earned the distinction of International Master from the International Chess Federation (FIDE [Fédération Internationale des Échecs]). The International Master title is the highest title a chess player can attain behind Grandmaster and World Champion. Congratulations to Gabriel for this prestigious honor!