Eleven Miami students, alumni named semifinalists in Fulbright competition

Eleven Miami University students and alumni are semifinalists in the 2022-2023 Fulbright U.S. Student competition.

Seven Miami seniors, one graduate student, and three 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:

Brandon Arnold - psychology and premedical studies major
Research award in Chile

Zoe Blake - individualized studies and political science major | Urban Cohort and Fostering Just Communities Certificate
Research award in El Salvador

McKenna Burns - graduate student in ecology, evolution, and environmental biology
Research award in Sweden

Marianna Gay - speech pathology & audiology major
English teaching assistant in South Korea

Augustus Lake - international studies and political science major
English teaching assistant in Germany

Aidan McKeon – history and arts management major
English teaching assistant in Argentina

Natasia Reinhardt ’16 and ‘17 –alumna in performance, theatre and practice
English teaching assistant in Italy

Jacob Selent - German, history, and political science major
English teaching assistant in Germany

Samantha Shetterly ‘19 - psychology and Spanish major
English teaching assistant in Argentina

Izzy Tice – Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies and geography major
English teaching assistant in Kazakhstan

One additional alumnus has been named a Semi-finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship.

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 2023-2024 application cycle. 

Attend a Fulbright Information Session

Questions? Contact Karla Guinigundo, Director of Global Partnerships. 

This year, Miami had 22 applicants to 17 countries. Of these, 15 were undergraduate students, two were graduate students, and five were alumni. Six applied for graduate study or research grants; 16 applied for English Teaching Assistantships.