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Villanovans Honored with National Scholarships and Awards

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University students and young alumni are annually recognized by nationally competitive scholarship and award programs for their academic achievements, leadership and community involvement. Starting with the Fulbright program, the nation’s flagship international education exchange program, the following Villanovans join an exclusive club as the latest recipients of these prestigious honors.

Fulbright Scholars

Villanova University alumni have been selected as 2012-2013 Fulbright Scholars—with plans to serve as international cultural ambassadors, continue research opportunities or further their educations.

Monica Mazzoli ’11 A&S and John Rafferty, JD, ’12 VLS have been awarded 2012-2013 Fulbright Full Grants to the United Kingdom and Ecuador, respectively, to pursue independent post-baccalaureate-level research or a graduate degree. In addition, Nathan Haag ’08 A&S, ’11 MS, was named an alternate for a Fulbright Full Grant to New Zealand.

Hana Lee ’12 A&S, Christopher Muyo ’10 A&S and Weddy Worjroh ’12 A&S have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) to South Korea, Malaysia and Argentina, respectively. Fulbright ETA recipients are placed in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to those teaching English to non-native English speakers—helping to teach the English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Jessica Wamala ’13 A&S is the recipient of a 2012 Harry S. Truman Scholarship. A Villanova Presidential Scholar, she is the sixth Villanovan to be awarded a Truman Scholarship since 1984 and one of 54 recipients awarded for 2012. Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study.

Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program

Villanova Presidential Scholar Ian Dardani ’13 COE is a 2012 recipient of a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Fellow Presidential Scholar Katherine Dynarski ’13 A&S was named an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Goldwater Scholarship competition. 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 Goldwater Scholarship is considered to be the premier undergraduate award of its type for these fields.

David L. Boren Scholarship

A Presidential Scholar and Critical Language Scholar, Jerisa Upton ’14 A&S has been named a 2012-2013 Boren Scholar to study abroad in China through CIEE’s Advanced Chinese Studies Program at Peking University, located in Beijing. Upton is the second Villanovan to receive a Boren Award, which provide U.S. undergraduate and graduate students with resources to acquire language skills and experience in countries that are critical to the future security and stability of the United States.

International Scholarly and Teaching Opportunities

Hayley Aron’14 A&S is a Critical Language Scholarship recipient and plans to study Japanese in Kyoto, Japan, during the summer of 2012. Launched in 2006, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an initiative of the U.S. Department of State and offers intensive overseas study in critical-need foreign languages.

Matthew Thorp ’15 COE has received a full scholarship—funded through the Critical Language Scholarship Program and Project GO, the ROTC language and culture program—to study the Tatar language at the Critical Languages Institute in Kazan, Russia, for the summer of 2012.

Theresa Donohoe and Kathleen Pierce, two 2012 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences alumni, have been awarded French Government English Teaching Assistantships to serve as English language teachers abroad.

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.