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Villanovans Honored with Prestigious Fellowships and Awards

During the past 15 years alone, 82 Villanovans have earned some of the most prestigious academic awards in the world

As Villanova prepares to begin a new academic year, let us also look back at the undergraduate, graduate and alumni academic achievement of 2010-11. Villanovans received numerous internationally prestigious scholarships and awards including a George J. Mitchell Scholarship, Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships, a National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship, a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship and a Critical Language Scholarship. For a complete list of our many talented scholarship and award recipients, click here.

“Villanova students have performed remarkably in the nationally competitive scholarship programs,” said Jane Morris, Director of Villanova's Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. “Each of these Villanovans will serve as an impressive ambassador of Villanova, and we are so proud of all that they have accomplished.”

Villanova University has become a strong presence in the national fellowship competition arena. During the past 15 years alone, 82 Villanovans have earned some of the most prestigious academic awards in the world. Villanova is consistently ranked as a top producer of US Fulbright students among master’s institutions by The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The following recipients carry on this proud tradition of using their Villanova educations to inspire change and innovation in their chosen career paths:

George J. Mitchell Scholarship
The Mitchell Scholars Program, named to honor former US Senator George Mitchell's pivotal contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process, is designed to introduce and connect generations of future American leaders to the island of Ireland, while recognizing and fostering intellectual achievement, leadership and a commitment to community and public service.

Ivanley Noisette (2008, B.A. Political Science) Noisette is the first Villanovan to earn a Mitchell Scholarship. After the earthquake in Haiti, Ivanley established the Hope for Haiti project and collaborated with the Clinton Foundation and the American Red Cross to raise funds for relief efforts. Currently, he is working with Catholic Relief Services in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.  As a Mitchell Scholar, he will study Human Rights Law and Transitional Justice at the University of Ulster.

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships
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.

Kathleen Devlin (2011, B.A. Political Science) will teach English in Malaysia and hopes to take university classes in international relations while abroad.

Colleen Knill (2011, B.A. Education/English) will teach English to university students in South Africa  and plans to develop a mentoring program between university students and underprivileged high school students.

Mary Kulhowvick (2011, B.A. Education/English) will teach English to high school students in Indonesia and hopes to learn about gender roles and cultural norms while working to empower disadvantaged women.

Tiffany Locke (2011 B.A. History/German) will teach English in Germany. Locke hopes to pursue graduate studies in museum studies or education after she completes her assistantship.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships
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.

Alicia Kennedy (2011, M.S. Biology) was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Texas, Austin.

Janelle Steves (2010, B.S. Chemistry) was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to pursue a PhD in Organic Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

National Security Education Program Boren Scholarship
Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. We focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. national security, broadly defined, and underrepresented in study abroad.

Anu Thomas (2013, B.A. Political Science) will study Arabic language and culture in Jordan during the 2011-12 academic year, adding proficiency in Arabic to her repertoire of other languages which includes Malayam and Spanish. Thomas has served as an interpreter for the Immigration Clinic at the Villanova School of Law and is Villanova’s first Boren Scholar.