March 31, 2017

Last Chance for Fulbright Info Sessions!

The last of the National Scholarship Office’s Fulbright Information Sessions are happening this week! We hope you’ll join us for one of these and, if you can’t, that you’ll make an appointment to meet with one of us to discuss your Fulbright ideas!

 

Thursday, April 27
@ 12:30pm – FULBRIGHT – Hosted by the Wilder School, Scherer Hall (923 W. Franklin St.), Room 401

Friday, April 28
@ NOON – FULBRIGHT – Hosted by the Graduate School, held at the Honors College (701 W. Grace St.), Room 1303
@ 2pm – FULBRIGHT – Hosted by the School of the Arts, Pollak Building Room 201

March 17, 2017

Upcoming Information Sessions

Are you interested in national scholarship opportunities for study or research? General information sessions will be held on:

Thursday 3/30,12:30pm, Honors College 1303

Friday 3/31, 2pm, Honors College 1303

Monday 4/17, 2pm, Globe (830 w. Grace Street) Room 1030J

Want to learn about ways to fund your post-graduate program? Information sessions for International Post-Graduate Fellowships will be held on:

Wednesday 3/22, 3pm, Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) Room 1302

Thursday 3/23, 2pm, Honors College Room 1210

Have you ever thought about studying abroad to teach English or conduct independent research? Learn about the Fulbright Scholarship and similar opportunities at an information session held on:

Thursday 4/20 – throughout the day in the Forum Room (Commons)

March 13, 2017

VCU named a Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars and Students

VCU is among the “Top Producing” Institutions of Fulbright U.S. Student Scholars, as mentioned in the February 19 online edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Eleven VCU students and alumni received Fulbright awards for 2016-2017, the highest number of grantees from a Virginia college or university. The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. State Department, which sponsors the Fulbright Program, congratulates VCU. To read more, visit Patrick Kane’s article at VCU News.

To learn more about VCU’s 2016-2017 Fulbright grantees, please see the Honor’s College blog post.

For more information on the Fulbright Program, click here or check out VCU’s National Scholarship Office. 

Post-Graduate Study Abroad Opportunities for 2018-2019

VCU’s National Scholarship Office (NSO) would like to announce five upcoming scholarship opportunities. With some exceptions, these are open to current juniors who will graduate by August 2018, seniors who will graduate in 2017, and recent alumni who graduated in 2016.

  • The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is a full-cost scholarship to the University of Cambridge funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Candidates apply independently to their preferred graduate program no later than October 15 and indicate that they want to be considered for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship. If they are admitted to their graduate program, then they are considered for the scholarship. One hundred Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded annually–forty to US citizens and sixty to citizens of countries other than the US or UK. Candidates are encouraged from any field of study available at the University of Cambridge. To learn more visit the Gates Cambridge Scholarship website (http://www.gatescambridge.org/).
  • The Marshall Scholarship was created as an enduring gesture of thanks for assistance received by the British people from the U.S. in the aftermath of W.W.II. This scholarship is open to undergraduates who will complete the bachelors degree by August 2017 and alumni and graduate students who completed their bachelors degree in 2015 or 2016. Students attend a U.K. university for 2-3 years. Marshall applicants must be U.S. citizens and should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.7. Candidates can come from any field of study and must be nominated by their current university. This award covers a personal allowance for cost of living, an arrival allowance, tuition, fees, books, daily expenses, approved travel, thesis preparation and fares to and from the U.S. To learn more visit the Marshall Scholarship website (http://www.marshallscholarship.org/).
  • The Mitchell Scholarship was created as an enduring gesture of thanks for the role former Senator George Mitchell played in the peace process in Northern Ireland. This scholarship is open to undergraduates who will complete their bachelors degree by August 2017 and graduate students and young alumni who are not yet 30 years old. Scholars complete a one year masters degree at any university in Ireland. Mitchell Scholarship applicants can be from any field of study, must be U.S. citizens, and should have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.7. Candidates must be nominated by their current university. To learn more visit the Mitchell Scholarship website (http://www.us-irelandalliance.org/).
  • The Rhodes Scholarship seeks exceptional young men and women with strong leadership potential from any field of study. Candidates must be under the age of 25 on October 1 of the year they apply and have to be nominated by their current university. Rhodes Scholars attend Oxford University with peers from around the globe. Rhodes Scholarship applicants must be U.S. citizens (or citizens of another former British colony) and should have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.7. To learn more visit the US Rhodes Scholarship website (http://www.rhodesscholar.org/).
  • The Schwarzman Scholarship seeks to identify the next generation of leaders and develop in them a deep understanding of China’s culture, people, economy, and governance model. Successful candidates will pursue a one-year graduate degree in one of three disciplines: public policy, economics and business, or international relations. Tsinghua University in Beijing–one of China’s most prestigious universities–will be the host institution. Schwarzman Scholars will come from the US, China, and around the globe. They will live and study together at Schwarzman College, in facilities that have been constructed specifically to house the Schwarzman Scholars. The first class of one hundred Schwarzman Scholars was selected in 2015 and will start in the summer of 2016. Eventually, two hundred Schwarzman Scholars will be selected annually. Candidates for the Schwarzman Scholarship should be at or near the top of their class academically and have demonstrated significant leadership skills and potential. Candidates must have completed their undergraduate degree in any field of study no later than May 2017 and be between the ages of 18 and 27 on June 30, 2017. To learn more visit the Schwarzman Scholarship website (http://schwarzmanscholars.org/)

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All of these opportunities will require extraordinary academic preparation and leadership experiences. All scholarship selection committees look for an open mind capable of thinking about the most challenging issues facing our world from various perspectives.

The NSO encourages you to determine which scholarship(s) best fit your interests and future plans. To aid you in exploring these options, Mr. Jeff Wing, Director of the NSO, will discuss these opportunities at two upcoming information sessions:

  • Wednesday, March 22, 3p, in the NSO Conference Room (1210) at the Honors College (701 W. Grace St.); and
  • Thursday, March 23, 2p, in the NSO Conference Room (1210) at the Honors College (701. W. Grace St.).

If you are not able to attend either information session, you can make an appointment to meet with Mr. Wing by visiting the NSO website (http://nso.vcu.edu). Questions should be directed to Mr. Wing (jawing@vcu.edu).

October 17, 2016

National Scholarship Office: Fall General Information Session

The National Scholarship Office (NSO) will host two general information sessions to introduce VCU students to the range of national scholarship opportunities available at all stages of their educational career. All VCU students–graduate and undergraduate–are invited and encouraged to attend. Students new to VCU are especially encouraged to attend. Both sessions will be held in the Multipurpose Room (1303) at the Honors College (701 W. Grace Street) on Friday, October 28, at noon, and Tuesday, November 1, at 2p. Questions can be directed to natlscholar@vcu.edu..

September 26, 2016

Stop by the VCU Study Abroad Fair!

Are you considering studying abroad?

The Global Education Office is hosting a Study Abroad Fair this Wednesday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., in the Commons Plaza.

Stop by to learn more about a variety of study abroad options. The National Scholarship Office will have a table and staff will be available to speak with you about opportunities to do research or travel abroad.

“Students who visit the fall fair will have the chance to meet study abroad program providers, students who have studied abroad, Education Abroad staff, and travel agencies. The fair will also offer students the opportunity to connect with VCU offices that assist with the study abroad process.”

 

 

September 7, 2016

Fall 2016 National Scholarship Office Information Sessions

Are you a student, alumni or faculty member interested in learning more about scholarship opportunities to conduct research or travel abroad? The National Scholarship Office invites you to attend fall 2016 information sessions. A variety of sessions are scheduled and each focuses on one or two specific scholarships. The information sessions are conducted by the National Scholarship Office staff who are able to provide advice and information on any VCU campus requirements or deadlines.

Attend a session to hear a short presentation on the scholarship goals, requirements, application guidelines and deadlines.

Thursday, September 15, 2016, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Critical Language Scholarship Information Session, Student Commons, Alumni Board Room

Thursday, September 15, 2-3 p.m. Truman Scholarship Information Session, Grace & Broad Residence Center (LEAD Building) classroom 1111 a/b

Friday, September 16, 2-3 p.m. Boren Scholarship Information Session, VCU Globe, Room 1030C

Thursday, October 6, 2-3 p.m. Boren Scholarship Information Session, Student Commons, Alumni Board Room

Wednesday, October 19, 12-1 p.m. RISE & SMART Information Session, School of Engineering, East Hall, Room 2219

Tuesday, October 25, 2-3 p.m. RISE & SMART Information Session, School of Engineering, West Hall, Room 104

June 21, 2016

Record-breaking 11 VCU scholars receive Fulbright awards

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A record 11 Virginia Commonwealth University scholars have received U.S. Fulbright Student Program awards for the 2016-2017 academic year. This represents the largest group of recipients from VCU in a single year accepted to this nationally competitive program.

Four recipients have been awarded English Teaching Assistant grants and seven have been awarded research grants. Three recipients graduated in May, seven are recent alumni and one is a current student.

VCU has the largest number of Fulbright awards for 2016-2017 announced to date by a Virginia college or university.

“We’re proud of this record-setting class of 11 Fulbright scholars,” said VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D. “Arriving from diverse personal backgrounds and with wide-ranging research interests, they truly represent the best VCU has to share with the world.”

Read more at: http://news.vcu.edu/article/Recordbreaking_11_VCU_scholars_receive_Fulbright_awards

May 11, 2016

Eleven VCU Students and Alumni Receive 2016-2017 Fulbright Awards

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Eleven VCU alumni have received U.S. Fulbright Student Program awards for the 2016-2017 academic year. This is the largest group of recipients from VCU in a single year.

Four recipients have been awarded English Teaching Assistantship grants and seven have been awarded research grants. Three recipients are graduating this May, and eight are recent alumni.

  • AMINFajir Amin, from Richmond, Virginia, received her Master of Education in elementary education degree from VCU in 2012, ten years after attending the Al Iman School for Girls in Jerusalem, Palestine in 2002. With the support of her Fulbright award, she will study the effects of looping on the aptitude and attitude of students towards English language acquisition amongst elementary students in the United Arab Emirates. In the future, Amin plans to continue impacting education around the world on a macro level.
  • Maya ChesleyMaya Chesley, from Chesapeake, Virginia, received her Bachelor of Science in biology and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish degrees from VCU in December 2015. During her Fulbright year, Chesley will be teaching English in Panama as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. After her experience with Fulbright, Chesley plans to enter a Ph.D. program for TESOL and Spanish language, then go on to become an English as a Foreign Language professor for speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and/or Danish.
  • Erin CogginsErin Coggins, from Alexandria, Virginia, received her Bachelor of Science in anthropology degree from VCU in 2014. With the support of her Fulbright grant, Coggins will be teaching English in Bulgaria as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Beyond her experience with Fulbright, Coggins will pursue a graduate degree in international development.
  • DIAZVanessa Diaz, from Maywood, New Jersey, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design degree from VCU in 2015. Diaz will be teaching English in Jordan as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. After her Fulbright year, Diaz plans to pursue a master’s in an interdisciplinary program for intercultural communication, and then go on to work as a graphic designer for a nonprofit in the Middle East.
  • Dylan HalpernDylan Halpern, from Fairfax, Virginia, received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in graphic design degree from VCU in 2015. Halpern will be studying urban planning in São Paulo, Brazil with the support of his Fulbright research grant. After his experience with Fulbright, Halpern plans to pursue further graduate education in the realm of digital or connected urbanism.
  • Kaelne Koorn 1Kaelne Koorn, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, received her Bachelor of Arts in art history and Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography degrees from VCU in 2015. During her Fulbright year, Koorn will be studying the Asian marketplace in the colonial Plaza Mayor of Mexico City and its contribution to the development of a unique and multicultural Mexican artistic style. Beyond Fulbright, Koorn plans to join a graduate program in the study of colonial Latin American art, specializing in the theme of the evolution of style and the incorporation of multicultural motifs.
  • Ellen Korcovelos - Profile Photos 3-30-16-4943Ellen Korcovelos, from Richmond, Virginia, will receive her Bachelor of Science in bioinformatics degree from VCU in May. With the support of her Fulbright research grant, Korcovelos will be studying the linguistic variation between individuals with dementia and those without cognitive decay at the University of Toronto. After her Fulbright year, Korcovelos will return to work at Commonwealth Computer Research Inc., where she currently works as a data scientist. Eventually, she intends to pursue a Ph.D. in computational linguistics.
  • Shannon Laribo - FulbrightShannon Laribo, from Charleston, South Carolina, received her Bachelor of Arts in cinema and Bachelor of Science in sociology degrees from VCU in 2014. With the support of her Fulbright grant, Laribo will pursue her master’s degree at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. After she graduates from her master’s program, Laribo plans to work as a researcher for an education non-profit that focuses on reducing racial prejudices at the elementary school level. Eventually, she hopes to develop anti-racism curriculum for secondary students across the globe.
  • Lynn SecondoLynn Secondo, from Maumee, Ohio, is pursuing her Ph.D. in chemical engineering. With the support of her Fulbright grant, Secondo will be continuing her current research on metal oxide fuel additives in diesel exhaust and the nanoparticle effects on the human lungs with the project’s collaborator in Thermi, Greece, at the Chemical Process and Energy Resources Institute. After her Fulbright year, Secondo plans to finish her degree at VCU and pursue a career in academia related to sustainability in chemical engineering.
  • Charles PerrisCharles Perris, from Montclair, New Jersey, will receive his Bachelor of Arts in history degree from VCU in May. Perris will be teaching English in Germany as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. After his year teaching in the Fulbright ETA program, Perris hopes to attend graduate school in Germany, studying either 20th Century German history or American Studies. He plans to eventually teach at the high school or university level.
  • WILLIAMSLevester Williams, from Lasing, Michigan, will receive his Master of Fine Art in sculpture and extended media degree from VCU in May. With the support of his Fulbright grant, Williams will explore the role of identity, memory and community in the urban landscape through the critical lens of art in Johannesburg, South Africa. Williams has proposed to create artworks that will engage with the politics and poetics of space and place surrounding Johannesburg and its ongoing transformation into a post-apartheid city. After his experience with Fulbright, Williams will begin his career as a visual artist.

With this latest group of Fulbright Student Scholarship recipients, 44 VCU students and recent alumni have been offered Fulbright awards since the National Scholarship Office was created in 2005.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Every Fulbright recipient from VCU worked with the National Scholarship Office (NSO). The NSO works with VCU alumni, graduate students, and undergraduates who wish to compete for prestigious national and international scholarships, such as Fulbright. If you are interested in applying for Fulbright or other nationally or internationally competitive scholarships, please contact the NSO at natlscholar@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6868.

Fulbright Recipient Spotlight: Maya Chesley, ETA, Panama

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Maya Chesley, from Chesapeake, Virginia, received her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish from VCU in 2015. During her time at VCU, she was a member of the Honors College and was involved with VERDE and the Poictesme Literary Journal.

Chesley will be teaching English in Panama as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Maya ChesleyAfter her Fulbright year, Chesley will enter a Ph.D. program for TESOL and Spanish language, then go on to become an English as a Foreign Language professor for speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and Danish.

What is your research focus or proposal for your Fulbright award?
As an ETA for the Fulbright program, I will be teaching English to students in the school systems of Panama. At the same time, I will be working on a small research project in which I examine the effects that the environment has on the people of Panama. I will do so by interviewing citizens of the city I will be staying in. I will record what I learn in a journal, in a creative nonfiction style. Hopefully, I will be able to maintain this journal both in English and Spanish.

What initially drew you to apply for the Fulbright?
Ever since I taught my first ESL class with the Bridge Center in 2013, I have known I wanted to be a TESOL professor, especially for Spanish speakers. I knew that if I could win a Fulbright ETA grant to a Spanish-speaking country, I could get more experience teaching English to Spanish speakers, and at the same time I could improve my own Spanish-speaking skills. In particular, Panama interested me because of its tropical climate and the numerous species of flora and fauna it has in its rain forests. While I worked on teaching English, I could also learn about the impact the environment has on the people of Panama and document my findings.

What do you plan on doing after your Fulbright year?
After returning from Panama, I will enter a PhD program for TESOL and Spanish language. I will continue to learn Portuguese and begin my studies in Modern Standard Arabic as well. I hope to become an EFL professor for speakers of Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, and Danish.

What advice would you give to future applicants?
Make sure you have enough time! And use your resources! The Fulbright application is not a humongous time commitment, but it does take a good chunk of time to do everything that’s required of you. That said, the National Scholarship Office (NSO) will help you stay on track each step of the way. And while I’m on the topic of the NSO; use them! They are a great resource. Some of the people who work there have even gotten Fulbright grants themselves. So they know what they’re talking about!


Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply for a Fulbright? 
Maya and her ten fellow recipients from VCU worked with the National Scholarship Office (NSO) at Virginia Commonwealth University. The NSO works with VCU alumni, graduate students, and undergraduates who wish to compete for prestigious national and international scholarships, such as Fulbright.  If you are interested in applying for Fulbright or other nationally or internationally competitive scholarships, please contact the NSO at natlscholar@vcu.edu or (804) 828-6868.

How many students from VCU are awarded the Fulbright? 
With this latest group of Fulbright Student Scholarship recipients, 42 VCU students and recent alumni have been offered Fulbright awards since the National Scholarship Office was created in 2005.

Can you tell me more about the Fulbright?
Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Learn more at us.fulbrightonline.org.