Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

Fulbright Summer Institutes

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes; for U.S. citizens to study in the U.K.  Students who have at least 2 years left to complete their degree are eligible to apply for the summer cultural program. The award covers round-trip airfare from from the U.S. to the host university, accommodation, tuition and fees and board.

2016-2017 Scholar: Alex Peterson

First-year, pre-social sciences

I grew up in Snohomish, Washington attending Cedar Park Christian School for most of my life until being admitted to the University of Washington last year. My primary passions include politics, economics and education, each of which I have invested considerable amounts of my life into. I served as the President of my High School ASB while also serving as the Chairman of the Washington State Legislative Youth Advisory Council, a state agency of twenty-two young people acting as the official liaison between youth and the state legislature on all youth-related legislation. I have spoken at numerous events across the state for youth empowerment, including the City of Lynwood’s Veterans Day Ceremony, the State Department’s International Visiting Leadership Program and the Department of Education’s TRIO conference. Through my work on this council and engaging with youth from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds, I grew a passion for economic development, especially through education, and am currently pursuing a double degree in Economics and Public Policy. After undergrad, I plan to attend law school as well. I hope to enter the field of politics and hold public office one day, providing a balanced perspective on domestic and international development economics, the role of public education in democracy and the effects of identity politics on social cohesion. Hoping to attend the SOAS University of London through the Fulbright Commission this summer, I intend to analyze global upward trends in nationalism as mass migration, global economic integration and cultural clashes become increasingly relevant. Aside form politics, I have a passion for music and play several instruments. In 2014, I founded a non-profit known as the Autism Music Program, through which I teach beginner instruments to children with developmental disabilities. I also enjoy hiking, biking and writing in my free time.