Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

UW Sees Largest Number of Fulbright Semi-Finalists to Date!

This January, the national selection committee for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program announced its semi-finalists for the 2020 – 2021 year and 38 UW applicants were selected as semi-finalists! With 29 undergraduates and 9 graduate students, this will be the largest number of semi-finalists UW has produced in recent history- surpassing last year’s number of 26. Beginning last September, UW students along with thousands of other applicants across the United States worked tirelessly to submit grant applications that would allow them to conduct research, study, or teach abroad in over 160 countries worldwide. At this stage, the semi-finalists will have their applications forwarded to their potential host countries where a selection committee will make final decisions. Those selected as finalists will be notified in the spring

The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards is excited to announce the 29 UW undergraduate semi-finalists students who have reached this pivotal point. Each of these undergraduates are applying for projects within various fields which include Business, Public Health, Classical Acting, and Teaching:

UW Undergraduate Fulbright Semi-Finalists

  • Rocio Araujo
  • Lela Cooper
  • Claire Cowan
  • Conor Cunningham
  • Abigail Davis
  • Chiara DeSantis
  • Joshua Driscol
  • Caleb Ellington
  • Bennett Jarvis
  • Priscilla Kwong
  • Danielle Maangoni-Simonsen
  • Maria Martinez-Alonzo
  • Miles Miller
  • Michael Monicatti
  • Sacha Moufarrej
  • Name Withheld
  • Jill Nakayama
  • Rachel Paik
  • Thomas Pepe
  • Catherine Pham
  • Lincoln Pothan
  • Benjamin Rifati
  • Iqra Sharif
  • Vidhi Singh
  • Sarah Slack
  • Katie Spink
  • Levi Sy
  • Iris Thatcher
  • Sydney Ward

The Fulbright U.S. Student program is an opportunity for students to receive grants for their individually designed study and research projects as well as for English Teaching Assistant Programs. For students like Bennett Jarvis (2020) who applied for an English Teaching Assistantship to Algeria, the program is an opportunity for him to continue an immersion process that he has been a part of for years. Bennett has spent a considerable amount of his undergraduate career studying Algeria and its national language -Arabic. Bennett states that should he become a finalist, the Fulbright Student Program could be one of the best ways for him to accomplish the kinds of objectives he needs to succeed, as his “various career paths will involve teaching, interacting with people from other cultures, a lot of movement, and foreign language skills.” Ultimately, he is happy to be a semi-finalists and very hopeful for what comes next.
On the other end of the Fulbright spectrum are students who have applied to the program proposing research or independent study. For these students, the program offers them incredible opportunities to conduct research in various labs and institutions in their host country. Through the Fulbright Program they are able to further their personal, academic, and professional goals in new and exciting cultural contexts- which were all reasons why Rachel Paik applied to do research in South Korea. Should she be named a finalist, Rachel looks forward to developing her bi-cultural identity as a Korean-American and her future goal of “one day being able to bridge the gaps in the understanding between technical and policy experts working on U.S. – ROK nuclear cooperation to develop a sustainable energy future”. Although she expects some difficulty in the transition between her policy background to conducting research, she looks forward to the invaluable opportunity for personal growth.

More About Fulbright

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Applicants for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program come from all walks of life and include- recent graduates, masters and doctoral candidates, and young professional such as journalists, creative and performing artists, law, writers, and many more.
Learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.