Villanovans Earn Numerous National Scholarships and Awards

Jessica Wamala, Rhodes Scholar

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

Below are the scholarships and awards earned by Villanovans during the 2013-2014 academic year:

Villanova University’s Jessica Wamala Wins Prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

Jessica Wamala of Milford, N.H. became the third Villanova University student-athlete in the institution’s history to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. Nnenna Lynch ’93 and Becky Spies ’95 – each a former Academic All-American and track and field/cross country standout at Villanova – earned Rhodes Scholarships in 1992 and 1994, respectively. Rhodes Scholarships provide all expenses for two or three years of study at the University of Oxford in England, and may allow funding in some instances for four years. Wamala graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in May 2013, with majors in political science, Arab and Islamic studies, and global interdisciplinary studies, and her M.A. in political science in 2014.

Fourteen Villanovans Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

Fourteen Villanovans have been selected to receive 2014-2015 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. Last year, nine Villanovans received Fulbright U.S. Student Grants.

Villanova Presidential Scholar Joana Petrescu Selected As Prestigious 2014 Marshall Scholar

Villanova University Presidential Scholar Joana Petrescu ’14 LAS, from Warrington, Pa., has been named a 2014 recipient of the Marshall Scholarship, making her the first-ever Villanovan and one of only 34 college students nationwide selected to win this prestigious honor. The award will support two years of post-graduate research in cancer biology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Villanova Presidential Scholar Nicholas Ader Recognized by Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Villanova University Presidential Scholar Nicholas Ader ’15 CLAS from Clarence Center, N.Y., has been named a recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship, making him the 16th Villanovan since 1995 to receive the prestigious award. Established in 1986, the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. The Scholarship is considered to be the premier undergraduate award of its type for these fields and was awarded to only 283 students nationwide for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Villanova Junior, Karolina Wolnicki, Awarded National Security Education Program David L. Boren Scholarship

Villanova University student, Karolina Wolnicki ’15 CLAS was 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. Wolnicki, from Ardmore, Pa., used her scholarship to pursue Portuguese language studies at the Council of International Educational Exchange’s program in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil during the spring 2014 semester.

Two Villanova University Students Awarded Critical Language Scholarships by U.S. Department of State

Two Villanova University students, John Buglione III ’14 CoE and Brendan Carchidi ’17 CLAS, have been awarded 2014 U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study Japanese at the Himeji Dokkyo University in Japan and Arabic in Amman, Jordan, respectively. Buglione and Carchidi are among approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received scholarships from the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program this year.

Villanova University Students Enmanuel Almonte and Michael Kaufman Awarded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to Study Abroad

Villanova University students Enmanuel Almonte ’16 CoE and Michael Kaufman ’16 VSB were among the more than 700 American undergraduate students from 341 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Almonte, a sophomore from Willimantic, Conn., will study abroad at the National University of Singapore, while Kaufman, a sophomore from Naperville, Ill., will study abroad through a Villanova University and INSTEP program in Cambridge during the spring 2014 academic term.

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