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Student wins fellowship to follow his ‘American Dream’

Edmond Fomunung

Honors student Edmond Fomunung has been awarded a Merage American Dream Fellowship. A senior cellular biology major from Katy, Texas, he is the third UGA recipient of the two-year $20,000 scholarship for academically outstanding undergraduates who are immigrants to the U.S. With his fellowship, Fomunung plans to enter a joint program to obtain his M.D. and master’s degree in public health.

“I am pleased that the Merage Foundation has chosen to recognize Edmond’s accomplishments with this distinguished accolade,” said UGA President Michael F. Adams. “His experiences and hard work have earned him this high recognition, and he stands as another shining example of the quality of the student this university produces.”

The fellowship program, established by Paul and Lilly Merage, provides funding for recipients to pursue graduate studies, study abroad or internship opportunities — any educational or professional advancement to achieve their individual American dream. 

Fomunung is one of 12 students chosen from a pool of candidates across the U.S. who were nominated by partner universities. These 22 institutions, which can submit up to three nominations per year, include UGA and private universities such as Columbia, Harvard and Stanford.

Fomunung, who was born and raised in Cameroon, has spent his time at UGA working on public health-related research projects.