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Record number of UGA students offered Fulbrights

Seventeen UGA students were offered international travel-study grants from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for the 2012-2013 academic year. Fourteen of these accepted the scholarships. This exceeds UGA’s previous record of 11 Fulbright offers in each of the previous two years.

Recipients of the U.S. Student Full Grants, which cover research, study and creative opportunities, include three students who earned undergraduate degrees: fall 2011 graduate Andrew Arnold of LaGrange; spring 2006 graduate Linnea West of Athens; and spring 2012 graduate David Zweig of Fayetteville, Ark. Four current doctoral students also received Full Grants: Rebeca de Jesús-Crespo of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico; Genevieve Holdridge of Mahopac, N.Y.; Oksana Lutsyshyna of Tampa, Fla.; and Ann MacFadyen of Philadelphia, Pa.

The English Teaching Assistantship Grants, which place recipients in K-12 schools and universities to serve as language-learning assistants, were given to one master’s student, Louise Goodman of Tampa, Fla., and six students who recently earned undergraduate degrees at UGA: fall 2011 graduate Isha Ghodke of Norcross; spring 2011 graduate David Gutierrez of Cumming; spring 2012 graduate Alex Knoblock of Columbus, Ohio; spring 2012 graduate Morgann Lyles of Roswell; fall 2010 graduate Kimberly Moxley of Lawrenceville; and spring 2009 graduate Thomas Stewart of Bethlehem.

For the past 66 years, the Fulbright Program has provided students, scholars and professionals an opportunity to pursue advanced research projects, graduate study and teaching assistantships worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards approximately 1,700 grants annually to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students.

“The record number of UGA Fulbright grants awarded again this year demonstrates the continued commitment of our students, faculty and staff to international education,” said Maria de Rocher, campus Fulbright U.S. Student Program adviser and program coordinator in the Honors Program. “It has been a great pleasure to get to know these students, each representing such different academic interests and backgrounds, but all of whom are clearly devoted to serving as cultural ambassadors and deepening our understanding of the wider world.”