Fourteen Seattle U students and alumni recommended as semi-finalists for 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Written by Karen L. Bystrom
February 21, 2019

Fourteen Seattle U students and alumni are semi-finalists for the 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the largest exchange program in the country that offers opportunities for recent graduates in more than 140 countries.

The nationally competitive Fulbright US Student Program offers fully funded research, study, and teaching opportunities to recent graduates and graduate students. The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Study/Research Grant is the traditional award where a candidate crafts an in-depth research proposal for a specific country, sometimes partnered with a graduate program. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship places successful candidates in schools overseas to teach English alongside a local instructor and to provide a native English speaker presence in the classroom.

The National Screening Committee of the Institute of International Education recommended these Seattle U students and alumni for final consideration for a Fulbright award. The finalists, those awarded the grant, will be notified this spring beginning in late March.

This year, Seattle University’s Fulbright semi-finalists are:

  • Laura Affolter ’19; Art History, Photography; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Germany
  • Sabine Bernards ’10; Political Science, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Sweden
  • Shayan Chishti ’19; International Studies, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Mexico
  • Julia Cordero ’18; Humanities for Teaching, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Mexico
  • Nicolás Cruz ’18; Biology, Sociology; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Canada
  • Melissa Cuevas ’19; International Studies, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Mexico
  • Nizama Djuderija ’18; Criminal Justice, International Studies; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Bosnia and Herzegovnia
  • Margaret Girardin ’19; History, Visual Art; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to Lithuania
  • Rachel Henkels ’18; Art History, English Literature; Applicant for a Fulbright UK Study Grant
  • Michael Lott ’16; Social Work, Spanish; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Guatemala
  • Madison Mele ’19; Humanities for Teaching, Philosophy; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Indonesia
  • Miracle Orji ’19; Chemistry, Sociology; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to Nigeria
  • Jasmine Waland ’19; Humanities for Teaching, Psychology; Applicant for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Grant to India
  • Kami Yamomoto ’18; Anthropology, Sociology; Applicant for a Fulbright Study/Research Grant to The Philippines

Seattle U students and recent alums interested in the Fulbright program or other fellowships are encouraged to visit the Office of Fellowships website. Students are also welcome to visit Assistant Director Melissa Schade in Hunthausen 129, or to contact her by email. Fulbright applicants begin working on their applications during Spring Quarter. Those on campus are invited to attend the first Fulbright Info Session on Thursday, April 11, from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Hunthausen 100.