Four Students Offered Fulbright Grants!

Release Date: 
Friday, May 22, 2015

Four UNH Students Offered Fulbright Awards

Four University of New Hampshire students have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. They are Gabriela Aguilera (Russian/Justice Studies ’15) of Cincinnati, OH; Jennifer Lindsay (Studio Art/International Affairs ’14) of Pembroke, NH; Sonia Scherr (MFA, Creative Writing ’13) of Norwich, VT; and Sasa Tang (Political Science/International Affairs ’11) of Lee, NH.

These women are among the over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, administered by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board and the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Aguilera, who was a 2014 Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship recipient to Kyrgyzstan, will work as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Georgia. ETAs help teach English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. Aguilera previously worked for the English Zone while in Kyrgyzstan, a language school run by a start-up company that aims to revolutionize education.

Building on her experience with the International Research Opportunities Program, Lindsay will conduct research in China on contemporary Chinese artists. She plans to record interviews with contemporary artists based in Beijing and maintain a bilingual blog using photographs and video for an American audience.

Scherr, who was an alternate in the competition last year, will conduct research in Morocco in order to write a historically informed Young Adult novel about the relationship between Jewish and Muslim Moroccans during the Holocaust. Scherr will volunteer at the Moroccan Jewish Museum in Casablanca and offer readings of her novel-in-progress to small groups of teenagers at the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center.

Tang, a former member of the Peace Corps in Morocco, was offered an English Teaching Assistantship in Jordan, but declined the grant in order to begin a PhD program in Political Science at American University.

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.

UNH undergraduates, graduate students or alumni interested in applying for a Fulbright grant should contact the Office of National Fellowships for more information. The Office of National Fellowships provides information, counsel and editorial support to highly motivated students applying for national and international fellowships and scholarships like Fulbright.