Thirteen students selected under the Fulbright US Student Scholarship program

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Former Fulbright US Student Award recipient Stephanie Galen (center) was Fulbright ETA in Silistra, Bulgaria for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Thirteen U of A students and alumni have been named semi-finalists for the Fulbright US Student Scholarship program at the US level.

The student program offers two main awards: the English Teaching Assistant, which allows students to serve as assistant English teachers around the world, and the Study/Research Award, which allows students to enroll in graduate studies or pursue independent research at international institutions.

Students must first be screened by the US committee before being considered nationally internationally.

“With their desire to participate in a long-term cultural and educational exchange, these exceptional students and alumni are a perfect fit for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program,” said Jonathan Langley, associate director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards and the campus Fulbright program. to advise. “If selected for an award, they will clearly be model ambassadors for our state and for the country. The Office of Nationally Competitive Awards congratulates each of these semi-finalists, as well as their departments and colleges.”

The students were selected from more than 9,000 applicants during the 2022-23 application cycle. If selected as national finalists, their awards will begin in fall 2022 and last for one academic year. The countries to which these semi-finalists apply are Australia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom and Vietnam.

The 13 semi-finalists include:

  • Hannah Allred – senior, anthropology and Spanish major – English teaching assistant
  • Alyssa Busbee – ESB in Early Childhood Education, ’20; MAT in Primary Education, ’21 – English Teaching Assistant
  • Catherine Casey – MAT student in teacher education; BA in English, ’21 – English Teaching Assistant
  • Amber Cooper – Senior, Anthropology with Distinction – Study/Research Award
  • Sunny Day – Graduate, International, and Global Studies – English Teaching Assistant
  • Duru Erkan – senior, biology and teaching assistant French – English
  • Michael Fuhrman – senior, specializing in history and psychology – English teaching assistant
  • Lillie Haddock – MSBE student in biological engineering; ESB in Biological Engineering, ’19 – Study/Research Award
  • Sol Halle – senior, international and global studies, political science – English teaching assistant
  • Bailee King – BA in Psychology and Studio Art, ’21 – Study/Research Award
  • Collin Petigna – senior, specialized graphic design and teaching assistant Spanish – English
  • Charles Rodgers – BS in Exercise Science, ’21, summa cum laude – English teaching assistant
  • Lexi Scott – Senior, Spanish Teaching – English Teaching Assistant

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the American people and the people of other countries.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation from the United States Congress to the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

Fulbright grantees are selected on the basis of their academic or professional achievements, as well as their demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program works in more than 160 countries around the world.

More than 80 U of A students and alumni have received Fulbright US Student Awards in countries around the world, including Andorra, Belgium, Botswana and Mexico. Applications for the 2023-24 cycle will open on March 31 and will be due in October. Students or alumni interested in learning more about the program should contact the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards at [email protected] or 479-575-2716.

About the University of Arkansas: As Arkansas’ flagship institution, the U of A offers an internationally competitive education in more than 200 academic programs. Founded in 1871, the U of A contributes more than $2.2 billion to the Arkansas economy through teaching new knowledge and skills, entrepreneurship and employment development, discovery through research and creative activity while providing training in professional disciplines. The Carnegie Foundation ranks the U of A among the top 3% of American colleges and universities with the highest level of research activity. US News and World Report ranks the U of A among the top public universities in the nation. Learn how the U of A is working to build a better world at Arkansas Research News.

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