Fulbright Scholarships awarded to 11 students

Eleven current or former WUSTL students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for the 2008-09 academic year.

Eight are recently graduated seniors, and three are graduate students. They will spend a full academic year in a host country.

The graduate students, along with their fields and locations of study, are Emilie Boone, art and architectural history, Canada; Maurice Gattis, social work, Canada; and David Sobol, art and architectural history, Finland.

Among the May graduates are Raymond Deng, public health, China; Maria Dominguez, biology, Peru; Risa Edelman, teaching English as a foreign language, Spain; Elizabeth Hague, sociology, Morocco; Geoffrey Hart-Cooper, teaching English as a foreign language, Spain; Kevin Hess, teaching English as a foreign language, Chile; Jessica Rothstein, teaching English as a foreign language, Argentina; and Neil-Jeremy Wingkun, public health, Philippines.

“We are excited that so many WUSTL students have been recognized with this very competitive award,” said Amy Suelzer, Ph.D., assistant director of international and area studies in Arts & Sciences and the University’s Fulbright Program adviser.

“Each year, several WUSTL students are chosen, a testament to the great talent and drive our students possess. We wish our Fulbright recipients much success in their Fulbright year and beyond,” Suelzer said.

The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Under the program, 1,450 American students have been offered grants this year to study and conduct research in 155 countries throughout the world, beginning in the fall. The program, established in 1946, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

More than 108,160 Americans have held Fulbright grants since the inception of the program. This year’s awardees come from all 50 states as well as the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. They are drawn from a diverse cross-section of American higher education, with more than 250 institutions represented.