TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — A record 14 University of Alabama graduates have won Fulbright awards for 2015-16.
Thirteen UA graduates won awards as teaching assistants to research and teach abroad, and one UA graduate received a Fulbright research award.
The highly competitive Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study and research projects or for English teaching assistantships. More than 11,000 applicants compete for approximately 1,500 awards each year.
“I am tremendously proud of these 14 recipients of Fulbright awards for 2015-16,” said Dr. Teresa Wise, associate provost for international education and global outreach.
“Fourteen awards is a new record for the University,” Wise said. “The awards reflect the growing interest of our students in international education and global experiences.”
Scott Leary, a 2015 graduate in Spanish and biology, from Hobe Sound, Florida, received the research award. He will conduct HIV/AIDS research in Madrid.
The 13 teaching assistant awards were awarded to:
— Brianna Adams, a 2015 English graduate, from Garland, Texas, to teach in the Czech Republic.
— Lisa Bochey, a 2013 communicative disorders and Spanish graduate, from Mount Laurel, New Jersey, who has been serving with Teach for America, to teach in Peru.
— Camille Corbett, a 2015 interdisciplinary studies and English graduate, from Marietta, Georgia, to teach in Turkey.
— Kathryn Crenshaw, from Birmingham, a 2014 graduate in economics and Spanish with a specialty in Latin American studies, to teach in Brazil.
— Maryanne Mobley, of San Antonio, Texas, a 2015 anthropology graduate, to teach in South Korea.
— Conner Nix, of Collierville, Tennessee, a 2015 graduate with a double major in biology and Spanish, to teach in Spain.
— Charles Henry Pratt, of New Orleans, a 2015 international studies graduate with a self-designed concentration in Portuguese, to teach in Brazil.
— Jenna Reynolds, of Acworth, Georgia, a 2015 graduate with majors in Spanish and philosophy, to teach in Spain.
— Hailah Saeed, a 2015 master’s degree graduate in public administration, from Tuscaloosa, to teach in Malaysia.
— Erin Smith, a 2015 graduate in international studies, from Clifton, Virginia, to teach in Turkey.
— Adrika Venkatanarayanan, a 2015 graduate with a double major in psychology and history, from Pensacola, Florida, to teach in Malaysia.
— Parker White, from Montgomery, a 2011 graduate in English and classics who has been serving in the Peace Corps and AmeriCorps, to teach English and study conflict resolution in Cyprus.
— Russell Willoughby, of Montgomery, a 2015 graduate with a double major in English and foreign languages and literature, with a concentration in French, to teach in France.
The Fulbright program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunity for students, scholars and professionals.
The program allows participants to undertake international graduate study, advanced research and teaching in more than 150 countries. Recipients of Fulbright scholarships receive funding for an academic year to facilitate their efforts to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and their host countries.
“Through their individual community engagement activities, these graduates will contribute to mutual understanding across the world and bring home memories that will last a lifetime,” said Dr. Beverly Hawk, UA Fulbright program adviser and director of program services in the Center for Community-Based Partnerships.
The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.