Thirteen Miami students, alumni named semifinalists in Fulbright competition

Thirteen Miami University students and alumni are semifinalists in the 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Student competition.

Nine Miami seniors and four alumni have been recommended by the U.S. National Screening Committees for further consideration by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board in the countries to which they applied. They will learn this spring whether they will receive the Fulbright grants.

The Miami semifinalists are:

Hannah Andersen - political science and professional writing major
English teaching assistant in Timor-Leste

Cecilia Burtis - graduated in 2018, Spanish and sociology major
English teaching assistant in Spain

Emily Froude - international studies and political science major
English teaching assistant in Mexico

Megan Harris - speech pathology & audiology major
Graduate study at Newcastle University, United Kingdom

Hailey Kingsbury - speech pathology & audiology major
English teaching assistant in Luxembourg

Inaara Ladha - international studies, comparative religion, and economics major
English teaching assistant in Tajikistan

Elyse Legeay - international studies and global & intercultural studies major
English teaching assistant in Malaysia

Abigail Porter - marketing and entrepreneurship major
English teaching assistant in Malaysia

Simone Rackmill - political science and anthropology major
English teaching assistant in Bulgaria

Anthony Raffin - professional writing and English literature major
English teaching assistant in Italy

One additional alumna was also named a semi-finalist.

About the Fulbright Program

Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Program is the premier international exchange program of the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Its mission to promote intercultural understanding through citizen exchange is achieved through funding graduate study, teaching and research in more than 140 countries. Programs are available for U.S. students, U.S. scholars, foreign students, and foreign scholars.

Since 1966, more than 100 Miami University students and faculty have received Fulbright grants. For a complete list, visit

Several information sessions are planned for the 2022-2023 application cycle. Advance registration is required. 

Register for a Fulbright Information Session

Questions? Contact Karla Guinigundo, Director of Global Partnerships. 

Two of our 2020-2021 grantees who reapplied after their programs were delayed were also named semi-finalists in this competition cycle:

Nicole Anselmo - graduated in 2019, international studies major
English teaching assistant in Kazakhstan

Hanna Vera - graduated in 2020, international studies, Latin American studies, and premedical studies major, Spanish minor
English teaching assistant in Mexico

This year, Miami had 25 applicants to 15 countries. Of these, 15 were undergraduate students, one was a graduate student, and nine were alumni. Five applied for Study/Research grants; 20 applied for English Teaching Assistantships.