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November 2017: Gilman International Scholarship Winner

Yvonne Nguyen was selected out of 3,000 applicants as a 2018 Gilman Scholarship winner. She will travel to Vietnam in Spring 2018 to engage in discussions about culture, social change, and development. Join us in congratulating Yvonne on her hard-earned work. Safe travels and congratulations, Yvonne!



November 2017: Rhodes Scholar Update!

Presidential Scholar, Fulbright Recipient and Villanova Nursing alumnus Patrick D. Smith, was named as a finalist for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. He will travel to Boston for an interview with the Rhodes Scholarship Selection Committee on November 17-18.

"At Villanova, Smith nurtured his interests in international development, global health equity and social justice through participation and leadership in groups such as Nursing without Borders, the Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week Committee, Catholic Relief Services Ambassadors and the Limitless Initiative for Friendship and Trust peer mentoring program."

You can read more from the Media Room here.


October 2017: FULBRIGHT UPDATE! Villanova alumnus Melissa Madden sent the following update from her ETA in the Netherlands!  

Greetings from the Netherlands! I hope that all is well with you and the CURF staff. I am just over a month in to my ETA placement at ROC van Amsterdam MBO College Airport, a vocational school that prepares students to work in all aspects of the travel and hospitality industry. I have been working as a teaching assistant in travel and hospitality, English, and financial management courses. I am also beginning a research project through a university in Amsterdam. I have not finalized my topic yet, but I think it will be related to the different types of teacher certification requirements for educators working at vocational schools.

Last week, my school organized a walk-a-thon to support Rode Kruis (Dutch Red Cross) hurricane relief efforts in the Dutch island of Sint Maarten. Students could opt to walk 68, 17, or 2 kilometers and ask family and friends to sponsor them money for every kilometer they walked. I joined a group of 18 students and one other teacher on the 68 km walk from Sint Maartenszee in the Netherlands to our school's campus in Hoofddorp over two days, and had a lot of support from fellow Villanovans who sponsored me :) Together all of the participants at the school raised about 7,000 euros for the cause!

Below is a photo of the 68 km group from the beginning of the walk. I'm on the right. Additionally, above is a picture of me from my neighborhood, Haarlem.

All the best,



May 12, 2016Two Villanova undergraduates have been chosen to attend the U.S.-U.K. Summer Institutes for U.S. undergraduates. These institutes provide U.S. undergraduate students the opportunity to go to the U.K. on a short-term academic and cultural summer program. Mackenzie Niness ‘18, of Sutton, MA, will attend the University of Bristol Summer Institute for Young American Student Leaders, and Rachel Schlegel ’19, from Millstone Township, NJ, will attend the Queen’s University Belfast Summer Institute.

May 6, 2016: 13 Villanova students, representing all four undergraduate colleges, have been selected to receive 2016-2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Grants. Enmanuel Almonte ’16 will study computer vision capabilities for robotics at the Universidad de Chile, Lauren Rutherford ’13 will study the medical implementation of Colombian Constitutional Court Ruling C-355/2006, Joseph Schaadt ’15 will study the fundamentals of evaporation in microchannels at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne in Switzerland, Patrick Smith ’16 will study community understanding and perceptions of Lesotho’s national health reform initiatives, and Thomas Trainer ’15 will study the intersection of the performance arts and political processes in Jamaica. The remaining 8 students received an English Teaching Assistantship: Rishi Chauhan ’16 and Andrew Moffa ’16 in South Korea, Aisha Chughtai ’15, James DiGregorio ’16, and Adam Vincent ’16 in Turkey, Cherisse Smith ’14 in Macau, Mary Trotter ’16 in Malaysia, and Stephen Wemple ’16 in Vietnam. Once again, Villanova was named a Fulbright U.S. Student Top Producer. At least one Villanova student has earned a coveted Fulbright scholarship each year since 1994.

February 16, 2016: Brandon Wesley ’16 has been named one of the 35 winners of the prestigious Gates-Cambridge Scholarships. Established by a donation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the scholarship supports postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge in England. Wesley, a Chemical Engineering major from Freehold, NJ, will pursue a PhD in Surgery, with a focus on using stem cell therapies to treat degenerative diseases.

May 19, 2015: Kim Cahill, the Villanova School of Business director of the Center for Global Leadership, has been selected to receive a 2015-16 Fulbright U.S. Scholar Grant. She will participate in the 2015 Fulbright Seminar for U.S. Administrators in International Education in Germany from October 10-24, 2015. Cahill will serve as an educational ambassador and increase VSB’s engagement with Germany’s academic partnerships and international internship opportunities.

May 12, 2015: Nine Villanovans have been selected to receive 2015-2016 Fulbright U.S. Student Grants, allowing them to serve as international cultural ambassadors by performing research or teaching English in foreign countries. Cristina Rocca '15 will conduct research in Mexico. The other eight scholars will serve as English Teahing Assistants: Brigid Connolly ’15 in Costa Rica; Shondaray Ducheine ’15 in Greece; Tiffany Ferrette '15 in Colombia; Rachel Finkelstein M.A. ’15 in Mexico; Bridget Kiley B.A. ’13, M.S. ’15 in Greece; Richard Packer ’15 in Turkey; Janine Perri ’15 in South Korea; and Savannah Trifiro ’15 in Indonesia. Villanova is llisted among the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Students by the Fulbright Program

May 4, 2015: Keith Martinez '15, Presidential Scholar, has been named a 2015 Truman Scholar. The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to making a difference through public service. Keith is a Communication major and plans to pursue a Master’s Degree in American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona.