Ten Miami students and four alumni named semifinalists in Fulbright competition

By Margo Kissell, university news and communications

Ten Miami University students and four alumni are semifinalists in the 2018-2019 U.S. Student Program competition. The group of 14 make up Miami’s largest semifinalist cohort yet.

Fulbright logoFulbright, the largest U.S. exchange program, provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English teaching assistant programs outside of the United States. Semifinalists have been recommended by the U.S. National Screening Committee for further consideration by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the countries in which they applied.

Miami’s semifinalists are:

  • Alexa Askari — Senior, diplomacy and global politics and political science double major and history and European area studies double minor, English teaching assistant in Bulgaria.
  • Angel Evans — graduated in 2014, international studies major with minors in Spanish and social justice and inequalities, research/study in Spain.
  • Hannah Frasco — Senior, international studies and integrated social studies education double major with history minor, English teaching assistant in Malaysia.
  • Sara Giska — graduated in 2016, international studies and linguistics double major, research/study in Kazakhstan.
  • Autumn Harriger — Senior, political science and history double major with Russian minor, English teaching assistant in Russia.
  • Jack Henne — Senior, German and economics double major with minors in international business and actuarial science, English teaching assistant in Germany.
  • Aaron Kawamura — Senior, individualized studies major, English teaching assistant in Argentina.
  • Camila Kowalski — Senior, integrated mathematics education and Spanish double major, English teaching assistant in Spain.
  • Katherine Melberg — Senior, classical humanities and classical languages double major, English teaching assistant in Germany.
  • Tory Paez — graduated in 2012, management and organizations major and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies minor, bionational internship in Mexico.
  • Ali Preissing — graduated in 2017, international studies and Italian studies double major, now a graduate student in political science, English teaching assistant in Czech Republic.
  • John Steele — graduated in 2014, social justice studies major and political science minor, English teaching assistant in South Korea.
  • Allison Van Twisk — Senior, international studies and economics double major, English teaching assistant in Germany.
  • Megan Zimmerer — Senior, French and international studies double major, and Arabic minor, English teaching assistant in Jordan.

The semifinalists will learn later this spring whether they will receive the Fulbright grants.  Miami has had recipients of Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants every year since 2005.