Niara Wakaba

2020 Fulbright Scholar

Niara Wakaba

Niara Wakaba

Niara Wakaba has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to teach English in Jordan.*

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. Administered in the U.S. by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright program was established in 1946 to promote international goodwill through education and cultural exchange.


Being selected as a Fulbright ETA is a personal accomplishment that affirms my studies and extracurricular experiences thus far. It makes me eager to pursue future goals. While there may be uncertainty about this year's program, I am certain that this award will help open doors in the future."

Collegiate Experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Graduated in May, 2019, with a degree in political science, minor in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and a certificate in Peace, Justice and Conflict Transformation

    Additional Awards:

    • UofL Porter Scholarship, UofL Muhammad Ali Scholarship, Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship, UofL World Scholars Award

Inspired By

I am grateful to have had support from the UofL Faculty and staff throughout the application process. I would like to thank my professors, such as Michael Fowler and Khaldoun Almousily, mentors such as Enid Trucios-Haynes and the staff at the Office of National and International Scholarships. From writing recommendations to proofreading multiple essay drafts, they helped me every step of the way.

Hometown Information

  • Hometown:

    Louisville, KY
  • High school:

    Western Early College High School (2016)

  • Parents:

    Danielle Wakaba of Louisville, KY and Joseph Wakaba of Nairobi, Kenya

* Jordan has canceled their Fulbright ETA program for this year, so although Niara Wakaba was selected, her program is not going forward. She is currently in an Alternate pool and will be considered if other opportunities in the region become available.