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Six Villanovans Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Scholarships

Villanova University is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars

Villanova University is a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

VILLANOVA, Pa. – 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.

Nicholas Bailes ’13 LAS has been awarded a 2013-2014 Fulbright Full Grant to pursue independent post-baccalaureate-level research in Brazil, while Michaela Gaziano ’13 LAS, Rachel Glogowski ’13 LAS, Michael Pflueger M.S. ’13 LAS, Amy Richards ’10 LAS and Andrea Zinn ’13 VSB have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) to teach English to non-native English speakers in Malaysia, India, South Africa, Colombia and Malaysia, respectively.

“Villanova is honored to have six exceptionally talented students awarded Fulbright Scholarships this year,” said Jane Morris, Director of the University’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. “These students have excelled academically, and have dedicated countless hours to volunteer efforts and research that has already had a positive impact on society. These 2013-2014 Fulbright Scholars will move forward into the global community and join Villanova’s long history of Fulbright Scholars who are using their gifts to serve.”

Nicholas Bailes, of Middletown, Pa., will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Global Interdisciplinary Studies and a concentration in Africana Studies. He is a member of the Villanova University Honors Program. During his undergraduate tenure, Bailes conducted a series of research projects including studies on White-Nose Syndrome and the impact of decreasing bat populations on mosquito populations, and a study on the Quilombo community in Brazil. In addition, he was a recipient of a Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholarship for Semester Study Abroad in Brazil and was designated a Who’s Who Among American Colleges & Universities. For his Fulbright, Bailes will study environmental justice in the rural Quilombos community of Northeast Brazil to assess how community members engage with their ecosystem and how local environmental change is influencing their lives.

Michaela Gaziano, of Dedham, Mass., will graduate in May with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Honors, as well as minors in Spanish and Economics. The recipient of a Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholarship for Semester Study Abroad, Gaziano spent a semester in Cape Town, South Africa during her sophomore year, where she studied South African youth unemployment and its relation to the economy. She also spent a summer studying in Cadiz, Spain and traveled to El Salvador, Ecuador, Nicaragua and San Diego on student volunteer service trips.  Gaziano’s experience includes internships for the ONE Campaign and Harvard School of Public Health, as well as a research assistantship at the Boston VA Research Institute. In January 2013 she was awarded the Who’s Who in American Colleges & Universities designation. During her Fulbright ETA, Gaziano will teach English in Malaysia.  

Rachel Glogowski, of Bristol Conn., will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, Humanities and Honors, as well as a minor in Peace and Justice. While at  Villanova, Glogowski participated in the Kosciuszko Foundation’s Teaching English in Poland program where she taught English, art and music to children at a summer camp in rural Poland.  She later received a Kosciuszko Foundation Scholarship to return to Poland and study the Polish language at Jagiellonian University in Krakow.  In 2012, with the help of a Connelly-Delouvrier International Scholarship for Semester Study Abroad, Glogowski participated in a Global Semester Abroad in Beijing, China, and Udaipur, India.  In 2010, Glogowski received a scholarship to attend the Chicago-Kent College of Law as a pre-law undergraduate scholar. She will return to India as a Fulbright-Nehru ETA to teach English and examine how health education is approached in the classroom.

Michael Pflueger, of Lansdale, Pa., will receive his Master of Arts in Mathematics from Villanova University this spring. He holds a Pennsylvania teacher certification in mathematics, and is a member of the Sigma Zeta National Science and Mathematics Honor Society as well as the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.  Pflueger is a freshmen retention advisor in Villanova’s Center for Multicultural Affairs, where he mentors students and plans programs and events.  He is also currently a youth worker at the Calvary Church of Souderton, Pa., where he is responsible for teaching, mentoring and developing programming for the junior and senior high youth ministries. During his Fulbright ETA, Pflueger will teach English in South Africa.

Amy Richards, of Northport, N.Y., graduated from Villanova in 2010 as a Presidential Scholar with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Interdisciplinary Studies, Spanish and Honors, a concentration in Peace and Justice and a minor in Ethics. Since September 2012, Richards has been working at Make The Road N.Y., New York City’s largest participatory immigration organization helping Latinos to build power through education, policy innovation and survival services.   From January through April 2012, Richards traveled throughout South America volunteering on farms, designing vegetable gardens, leading workshops and working with livestock. In June 2012, she taught and facilitated English conversation classes in Peru. While a student at Villanova, Richards attended student service volunteer trips to El Salvador, Peru and Ecuador, and spent a semester studying abroad in Seville, Spain. During her Fulbright ETA, Richards will teach English in Colombia. 

Andrea Zinn, of Hanover, Pa., is graduating this May with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, International Business and Management. During the summer of 2011, she was a part of the Globalization, Corporate Social Responsibility and Innovative Entrepreneurship program through American University in Rome where she studied international marketing and participated in a consulting project with Monte Schiavo Winery. While at Villanova, Zinn coordinated and planned a Habitat for Humanity service trip for 19 students to West Virginia, participated in a Habitat trip to Sea Island, S.C., and volunteered at an orphanage for children with HIV and AIDS in Cambodia. Zinn was designated as a Who’s Who Among American Colleges & Universities and is a member of the Gamma Phi Honor Society. She is currently a marketing and development intern for Victor’s Vision, a Peru-based organization that works to empower underprivileged Latin American youth to dream and achieve their dreams. During her Fulbright ETA, Zinn will teach English in Malaysia. 

In addition, the following six Villanova students/alums were named 2013-2014 Fulbright alternates: James Todd ’13 LAS, ETA in Taiwan; Krista Ruddick ’13 LAS, ETA in South Africa; Russell Quinones’ 13 LAS, ETA in Spain; Claire McNally ’13 LAS, ETA in Jordan; Kendra Davis ’13 LAS, Full Grant in Canada; and Theresa Donohoe ’12 LAS, Full Grant in the United Kingdom.

About The Fulbright Program: The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

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.