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Arts and Letters Seniors Win 24 National and International Fellowships and Scholarships

Author: Michael O. Garvey

A new graduate holds her diploma following Commencement

Members of the Class of 2016 who study in the College of Arts and Letters have won 24 major national and international fellowships and scholarships, from prestigious institutions such as the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the National Science Foundation.

A total of 14 Arts and Letters students were named Fulbright finalists:

  • Lauren Antosz, Spanish — study and research grant to Chile.
  • Whitney Bellant, psychology and German — English Teaching Assistantship to Germany.
  • Rose Doerfler, Chinese — study and research grant to Taiwan.
  • Charlie Ducey, English and German — study and research grant to Germany.
  • Bridget Galassini, international economics — English Teaching Assistantship to Spain.
  • Adam Henderson, political science — English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia.
  • McKenzie Hightower, film, television and theater — English Teaching Assistantship to Poland.
  • Ray’Von Jones, sociology and Spanish — English Teaching Assistantship to Mexico.
  • Joseph Massad, political science and Arabic — English Teaching Assistantship to Bahrain.
  • Emily Migliore, political science and peace studies — English Teaching Assistantship to Mexico.
  • Andrew Scruggs, international economics — study and research grant to Jamaica.
  • Monika Spalinski, Spanish and German — English Teaching Assistantship to Germany.
  • Luke Wajrowski, philosophy and psychology — English Teaching Assistantship to Argentina.
  • Kyle Witzigman, political science and Glynn Family Honors Scholar — English Teaching Assistantship to Vietnam.

Two Arts and Letters students — Kenzell Huggins, anthropology; and Melanie Wallskog, economics and Glynn Family Honors Program — won National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, which provide funding for research-based study leading to a master’s or doctoral degree in science (including social sciences), technology, engineering and math.

John “Jake” Grefenstette, a theology student, Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar and Glynn Family Honors scholar from Pittsburgh, received a fellowship from the Yenching Academy, funding a one-year master of China studies program in that prestigious college within Peking University.

Ducey and Clarisse Wilson, a music performance major, received Austrian Teaching Assistantships, which provide prospective teachers of German and/or graduates interested in Austrian studies with opportunities to work at secondary schools throughout Austria.

Ethan Beaudoin, a political science and Arabic student, received a Boren Award for International Study for study in Turkey.

Michael Dinh, a psychology and biological sciences major and Glynn Family Honors scholar received a Goldwater Scholarship for outstanding sophomores and juniors who have exceptional potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.

Jones and Bright Gyamfi, a political science and history student and Sorin Scholar, received Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships for study in Toledo, Spain, and London, respectively.

And Doerfler received a Critical Language Scholarship for a language and cultural immersion program in China.

The University’s Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) provides students across the University with opportunities for research, scholarship and creative projects. The center assists them in finding faculty mentors, funding and venues for the publication or presentation of their work. It also promotes applications to national fellowship programs and prepares students in their application process.

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