Villanovans Earn Numerous National Scholarships and Awards

Academic Accolades

From Fulbright Scholars to Goldwater and Truman award recipients, numerous Villanovans have again received national scholarships and awards for their academics and leadership.

Villanova Named Top Producer of U.S. Fulbright Students

The U.S. Department of State recently announced the complete list of colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Students. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Nine students from Villanova won Fulbright awards for 2013-2014—making the University the nation’s top producer of Fulbright students in the Master’s Institutions category.

Below are the 2013 scholarships and awards earned by Villanova University Students:

Number of Villanova Fulbright Students Jumps to Nine

Three Villanovans, in addition to the six winners previously announced in May, have been selected to receive 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Student Grants. The Fulbright Program is a prestigious international education exchange program sponsored by the United States government. The announcement brings the total number of 2013 Fulbright grantees from Villanova to nine, the largest number in a single year in the University’s history. The grants will allow the Fulbright students to serve as international cultural ambassadors by performing research or teaching English in foreign countries. Villanova, listed among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Students by The Fulbright Program, has had at least one student selected for the coveted scholarships each year since 1994.

Six Villanovans Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

Six Villanovans, the largest single-year number in the University’s history, have been selected to receive 2013-2014 Fulbright U.S. Student Grants as a part of The Fulbright Program, a prestigious international education exchange program sponsored by the United States government. These grants will allow the Fulbright Scholars to serve as international cultural ambassadors by performing research or teaching English in foreign countries. Villanova, listed among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Students by The Fulbright Program, has had at least one student selected for the coveted scholarships each year since 1994.

Villanova Presidential Scholar Joana Petrescu Recognized by Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Villanova University Presidential Scholar Joana Petrescu ’14 LAS, a rising senior from Warrington, Pa., has been named a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, making her the 9th female and 15th Villanovan overall since 1995 to receive the prestigious award. 

Villanova University Junior Stefan Johnson Named Recipient of Prestigious Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Villanova University junior Stefan Johnson ‘14 has been named as a recipient of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship, marking the second consecutive year a Villanovan has received this prestigious honor. Former Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright, President of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, announced the names of the 62 recipients – from 54 U.S. colleges and universities – selected as 2013 Truman Scholars. The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to making a difference through public service.

Villanova Alumnus Erik Scully Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

Villanova University alumnus, Erik Scully ’11,’12 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (LAS), of Pittsburgh, Pa. has been named a recipient of the National Science Foundation's 2013 Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) to continue pursuit of his Ph.D. in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.

Villanova Presidential Scholar Christine Fossaceca Awarded National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship

Villanova University Presidential Scholar Christine Fossaceca ’16 College of Engineering, a rising sophomore from Frederick, Md., has been named a recipient of a 2013 National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Scholarship, marking the third consecutive year that a Villanova student has won this competitive award. Fossaceca plans to use her scholarship to pursue Korean language studies and computer engineering at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea during the spring 2014 semester.

Villanova University Graduate Student Michael Fatigati Awarded Critical Language Scholarship by U.S. Department of State 

Villanova University graduate student Michael Fatigati has been awarded the 2013 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). Fatigati is pursuing a Master of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies with a concentration in History in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. This is the fourth year in a row that a Villanovan has received this award.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.