Manuela Botaka

2021 Fulbright Scholar

Manuela Botaka

Manuela Botaka

Manuela Botaka has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Belgium.

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.

Receiving this award is a testament to the enormous impact many people have had on my academic journey and personal growth. For me, it represents placing no limits on what is possible as I set my dreams in action."

Undergraduate Achievements:

Graduated May 2019 with a bachelor's degree in biology. Manuela was a Martin Luther King (MLK) Scholar and a Woodford R. Porter Scholar.


Manuela's twin sister, Noela, won a Fulbright to do research in Belgium in 2019. Manuela thanks Noela and Stephanie Beja and Aarel Calhoun "for their support, positive vibes and honest feedback and review during the Fulbright process."


Lexington, KY

High School:

Bryan Station (2015)


Bob and Elodie Botaka of Lexington, KY