Fulbrights: Breaking 100!
Top row, left to right: Chelsea Flint, Alexander Kaliannan, Elizabeth Schaaf, Seth Drake, Miranda Hale, Noela Botaka. Second row: Samir Kusmic, Natasha Mundkur, Ben Anderson, Ethan Libby Pelletier, Macey Mayes
Adapted from a UofL Office of Communication & Marketing feature story.
Eleven recent College of Arts & Sciences graduates have earned 2019 Fulbright scholarships, a prestigious international award coveted by many high-achieving scholars. That means all but one of the twelve 2019 UofL Fulbrights got their degrees from A&S. Since 2000, A&S has produced an impressive 101 Fulbright scholars!
A&S students and recent alumni also earned many other competitive awards this year. There were five Critical Language Scholars, one Goldwater Scholar, and one Rotary International Award winner. Three A&S students received Boren Award offers, but all three had to decline this scholarship in order to accept other awards or for personal reasons.
One such scholar, Ben Anderson of Louisville, may be the most-awarded student in university history. The Brown Fellow, Ali Scholar and Porter Scholar awardee won, this year, Fulbright, Boren, and Critical Language Scholarships. He had to decline the Boren to accept the Fulbright. (In 2018, he also earned a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) but declined it to accept a Public Policy and International Affairs Program (PPIA) fellowship.) Ben is in China for two months on the CLS and then will go on to Taiwan on the Fulbright.
To see a full list of the 2019 awardees, including biographies and photos, go to louisville.edu/scholars.