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February 2020: Villanova University a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students

Villanova University is listed as a top producer of 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Students as announced by the U.S. Department of State. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing U.S. colleges and universities are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education. Learn more.  

January 2020: 46 Villanovans Recognized as 2020 Fulbright Semi-Finalists

46 Villanova students and alumni were recently named 2020 Semi-Finalists by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. In total, 72 Villanovans applied to the program during this cycle. Students will be notified over the next two months if they will receive an award to go abroad during the 2020-2021 academic year. Learn more.


February 2019: A Record 55 Villanovans Recognized as 2019 Fulbright Semi-Finalists

55 Villanova students and alumni were recently named 2019 Semi-Finalists by the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. This breaks the previous University record of 32 Semi-Finalists, set in 2016. Students will be notified over the next two months if they will receive an award to go abroad during the 2019-2020 academic year. Learn more

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February 2019: Villanova University a Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Students

Villanova University is listed among the top producers of 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students, recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. 16 students and alumni from Villanova University won Fulbright awards for the academic year 2018-2019, and are currently teaching, studying and conducting research abroad. 

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April 2018: Goldwater Scholars

The Center for Research and Fellowships is excited to announce that three juniors have been named Goldwater Scholars and one has been named an Honorable Mention! Congratulations to Kali, Claire, Alex, and Andrew!

For more information please see the press release.



March 2018: Truman Scholar Finalist

Please join us in congratulating Yvonne Nguyen, who was named a 2018 Truman Scholarship Finalist. The Truman Foundation reviewed 756 applications from 313 institutions, and ultimately selected 194 students from 137 institutions to be interviewed. Yvonne was selected based on her outstanding leadership characteristics, public service engagement, and academic achievement. Yvonne interviewed for the scholarship in Boston, MA on March 9th. Well done, Yvonne!

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January 2018: Fulbright Update!

The CRF team congratulates our 30 amazing Semi-Finalists to the prestigious U.S. State Department Fulbright Student Program (up from 25 last year). We are proud to report that almost 50% (14/30) are students from historically underrepresented groups.

Also of note is that 30% of our Semi-Finalists have less than a 3.56 GPA—proving that any Nova student can do this!

The final round of selection will be completed over the next three months; please join us in cheering on our fantastic Semi-Finalists!  

First Name
Last Name Award First Major Country
Ryan  Allen  Study/Research Grant Chemistry Germany
Nicholas Azulay English Teaching Assistantship Political Science Czech Republic
Agnes Cho Study/Research Grant Nursing Netherlands
Anna DalCortivo Study/Research Grant  Sociology Norway
Kinjal Dave  Study/Research Grant Philosophy Singapore
Tara Demmy Study/Research Grant  Theatre Indonesia
Lucille Finnegan English Teaching Assistantship Economic South Korea
Princess Garrett Study/Research Grant Communication Philippines
Lily Haddad Study/Research Grant Political Science Morocco
David Harvey Study/Research Grant
Civil and Environmental Engineering Netherlands
Kaitlyn Irwin English Teaching Assistantship Psychology Spain
Brian King English Teaching Assistantship Psychology India
Michelle Kung English Teaching Assistantship Biology Macau
Gabriel Lopez Lappeenranta Univ. of Tech. Grant Electrical Engineering Finland
Aida Mohajeri Study/Research Grant Political Science United Arab Emirates
Christopher Munson English Teaching Assistantship Mechanical Engineering Spain
Mackenzie Niness English Teaching Assistantship Sociology  Netherlands
Zachary Oxford-Romeike Study/Research Grant Experimental Psychology Germany
Kathleen Selhorst Partnership Award Biology United Kingdom
Evelyn Semenov English Teaching Assistantship Biology  Malaysia
Chayla Sherrod Study/Research Grant Environmental Studies Namibia
Milan Smoak-Booker English Teaching Assistantship Political Science South Korea
Nkiambi Sokolo English Teaching Assistantship Mathematics South Korea
Hee Jae Song Study/Research Grant Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience South Korea
Laura Spence English Teaching Assistantship Humanities Moldova
Brynn Sundberg Study/Research Grant Chemistry Netherlands
Emily Tenuta Corvinus Univ. Award Political Science Hungary
Sabrina Verleysen English Teaching Assistantship Communication Rhetorical Studies Indonesia
Kenna Yadeta Study/Research Grant Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience Sweden
Matthew Zarenkiewicz Study/Research Grant Global Interdisciplinary Studies Serbia



December 2017: Fulbright Update!

Presidential Scholar
and Villanova CLAS alumnus Adam Vincent ’16, was selected as a 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Student Grant recipient.

In February, he will leave to teach English at the Universidade de Caxias do Sul in Caxias do Sul, Brazil for nine months. Adam initially received a 2016 grant to teach English in Turkey, but the program there canceled after the July 2016 political coup.

This November, Adam had the opportunity to present about Fulbright and his application experience to current students at his alma mater - the Delbarton School.  

On his experience: “The presentation went really well! The kids hadn't heard of Fulbright or other scholarships like it, but they were really attentive—I could see their eyes light up and some of them nudging their friends at some of the examples I gave. It made me happy to help them realize the opportunities that are out there and expand their idea of what post-high school success might look like.”

Well done Adam!




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,




Older News

May 12, 2016
Two 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 listed 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.