VILLANOVA, Pa., May 26, 2010 – Five members of Villanova University’s 2010 graduating class, along with one upperclassman, have been chosen to receive nationally-recognized awards including Fulbright Teaching Assistantships, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships and an Udall Scholarship.
Villanova University has become a strong presence in the national fellowship competition arena. Since 1993, 218 Villanova students have been named finalists for national fellowships, with 120 receiving awards. This year’s recipients, detailed below, carry on this proud tradition and will use their Villanova educations to inspire change and innovation in their chosen career paths.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students to pursue international graduate study, advanced research and teaching. The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to promote international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture and science. Fulbright Teachers teach English in schools and universities in their host countries while becoming fully integrated into the fabric of the local community.
"Each of these students will be serving international communities as ambassadors of the United States and Villanova University,” said Jane Morris, Director of Villanova's Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. “I can't imagine having better representatives than our 2010 Villanova Fulbright Scholars."
Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Recipients:
The National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship Program helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Recipients:
The Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation selects scholars based on their commitment to careers in the environment, health care or tribal public policy; leadership potential; and academic achievement. The scholarship provides up to $5,000 for the recipient's junior or senior year.
Villanova University, a co-educational Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Order of Saint Augustine in 1842. A premier institution of higher education, Villanova provides a comprehensive education rooted in the liberal arts; a shared commitment to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity and love; and a community dedicated to service to others. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered through the University’s four colleges: the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering and the College of Nursing, as well as the Villanova School of Law. With a total enrollment that surpasses 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students, Villanova is the oldest and largest Catholic university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.