10 GW Students Win Fulbright US Student Awards!

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February 22, 2016
Ten students from the George Washington University have been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Xhesika Bardhi, Hannah Bardo, Stephanie Demetry, Jacqueline Drayer, Jacob Emont, Erik Svedberg, Colleen Hegarty, Nelson Tamayo, Samuel Tilden, and Carolyn Wallace will join over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and many other fields.  Fifty-three Fulbright alumni from 12 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and 82 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes. Prominent Fulbright alumni include: Muhammad Yunus, founder, Grameen Bank, and 2006 Nobel Peace Prize recipient; Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia; John Hope Franklin, noted American historian and Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient; Riccardo Giacconi, physicist and 2002 Nobel Laureate; Amar Gopal Bose, founder, Bose Corporation; Renée Fleming, soprano; Jonathan Franzen, writer; and Daniel Libeskind, architect.
Fulbright recipients are among over 50,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.
Research/Study Grants
Jacqueline Drayer Research/Study Grant to Belgium. Jacqueline will be studying Art and Architectural History at Ghent University, in Ghent, Belgium – in particular, Belgium’s adaptively re-used art museums. Jacqueline’s final product will be a guide for US museums to encourage more adaptive reuse here at home. 
English Teaching Assistantships
Xhesika Bardhi English Teaching Assistantship in Zonguldak, Turkey, a city on the Black Sea, teaching at Bülent Ecevit Üniversitesi    
Hannah Bardo English Teaching Assistantship in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
Stephanie Demetry English Teaching Assistantship teaching grades 3-6 in Berlin, Germany     
Jacob Emont English Teaching Assistantship at Nevşehir Hacı Bektaş Veli University in Nevşehir, Turkey    
Erik Svedberg English Teaching Assistantship Nguyễn Bỉnh Khiêm Gifted High School in Tam Kỳ, in the Quảng Nam province of Central Vietnam    
Colleen Hegarty English Teaching Assistantship at the Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain    
Nelson Tamayo English Teaching Assistant at the Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra - Escola Superior de Educação de Coimbra (Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra - School of Education) in Coimbra, Portugal   
Samuel Tilden English Teaching Assistantship to Senegal    
Carolyn Wallace English Teaching Assistantship teaching middle school and high school students in the village of Mae Moh in the Lampang district of Thailand
*Update: GW has been named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for the past year! Congrats again to all 10 of our winners!
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