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Fourteenth Villanovan Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for 2016-17

Fourteenth Villanovan Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for 2016-17

VILLANOVA, Pa. – A record-tying 14th Villanova student has been selected to receive a 2016-17 Fulbright U.S. Student Grant as part of The Fulbright Program, a prestigious international education exchange program sponsored by the United States government. These grants will allow the Fulbright recipients to serve as international cultural ambassadors by performing research or teaching English in foreign countries.

The newest recipient is Christina Sebastiao ’16 College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, who will be joining the English Teaching Assistant program to teach English at the Federal University of Piauí in Teresina, Brazil.

Sebastiao, of Hillside, N.J., received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication with a double minor in Gender & Women's Studies and Honors in 2016. As member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, the Honors Society of Phi Beta Kappa and the Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Association, Sebastiao studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa where she explored the role of media, power and culture in a global society. Throughout her time at Villanova, Sebastiao served as a RUIBAL Challenge leader and Vice President of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. 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 currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Fulbright U.S. Student alumni populate a range of professions and include ambassadors, members of Congress, judges, heads of corporations, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors, and teachers. Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 340,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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