Five Baylor Students Selected For Fulbright Scholarships

Arts & Sciences News

May 1, 2009

Five Baylor University students have been selected to receive the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, bringing the number of Baylor students who have received the honor since 2001 to 19.

The flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The program also includes an important English Teaching Assistant component. Nationwide, approximately 1,500 U.S. students will be selected from more than 6,700 applications for the prestigious awards from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

We visited with each of the recipients to learn more about what they hope to accomplish during their year abroad. Click on the student's name for a Q&A on their vision for their Fulbright experience.

•Ashley Killough, a senior international studies/journalism major from Plano, will conduct research in Armenia at the Caucasus Media Institute in the capital city of Yerevan

•Charlie Manzanares, a post-baccalaureate student from Woodway and a 2008 Baylor graduate with a dual JD/MBA degree, will conduct economic research in Spain on the institutions of business formation of Spain, Venezuela and the United States

•Alex Nix, a senior Spanish major from Riesel, formerly of Waco, will assist with teaching English in Brazil, while developing the study of American poetry as a way of encountering and understanding American culture

•Aaron M. Reynolds, a senior French major from Grapevine, will serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in France

•Megan Rizos, a senior University Scholar from Lucas, will serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Spain

The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program has provided thousands of students -- chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential -- with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by then-Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

"The Fulbright awards will enable these wonderful students to receive outstanding international experience, while representing America through their teaching, research, and service within the host countries. These students had compelling projects, fine language skills and strong recommendation letters," said Elizabeth Vardaman, Baylor's Fulbright representative and associate dean of special academic projects in the College of Arts and Sciences.

"Many of them began working on their applications in May and June of 2008, so they made huge commitments of time and effort to this very intense and competitive process. Their determination, along with the investment their faculty mentors made in them, were inspiring to all of us," she said.

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