Dec. 13, 2022
A Year in Review: 21 VCU students, recent alumni receive national, international scholarships and fellowships in 2022
Standouts strengthen their expertise, experience and credentials through prestigious scholarship and fellowship opportunities.
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Over the last year, 21 Virginia Commonwealth University students and recent alumni have been awarded prestigious national and international scholarships and fellowships – helping them advance their studies and careers in fields ranging from public policy and foreign affairs to STEM.
With the assistance of the National Scholarship Office, these students and alumni represented VCU’s academic excellence and stood out for their accomplishments and potential in highly competitive international and domestic pools of applicants.
“We know from our experience that these opportunities are far more than recognition for prior accomplishments,” said Jeff Wing, director of the National Scholarship Office. “These scholarships and fellowships are all future-focused, and these recipients will all benefit from the pathways that open up to them as a result of their selection.”
Octavia Christopher, College of Humanities and Sciences, biology, 2022
Sofia Syed, College of Humanities and Sciences, philosophy, 2022
Michael Portillo, School of Business, economics, 2022
The Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
“I was drawn to apply to Fulbright because it offered the opportunity to engage in cultural exchange and experiential learning abroad while I’d be able to use my skills to help students along their own academic journeys,” Christopher said.
Vineeth Vaidyula, College of Humanities and Sciences, Honors College, biology, 2024
CLS Spark is a virtual initiative for U.S. undergraduate students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.
MiJin Cho, College of Humanities and Sciences, Honors College, psychology and English, 2023
The Barry Goldwater Scholarship was designed to foster and encourage outstanding students to pursue research careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
Kavya Purthuveetil, College of Engineering, biomedical engineering, 2022
Jensen Wainwright, College of Humanities and Sciences, anthropology, 2019
The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported STEM disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited U.S. institutions.
Arshelle Carter, School of Business, College of Humanities and Sciences, international management, international studies, 2016
Michael Portillo, School of Business, economics, 2022
Tradgon Sexton, College of Humanities and Sciences, French and international studies, 2021
The Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State that attracts and prepares outstanding and historically underrepresented young people for foreign service careers in the U.S. Department of State.
Oscar Kemp, School of Social Work, social work, 2023
The Public Policy and International Affairs Program was started to address the lack of diversity across the spectrum of professional public service, including government, nonprofits, public policy institutions and international organizations.
Kelly Nguyen, College of Humanities and Sciences, Honors College, political science and international studies, 2020
The Rangel Graduate Fellowship Program is a program funded by the U.S. Department of State that attracts and prepares outstanding and historically underrepresented young people for foreign service careers in the U.S. Department of State.
Abigail Andrade, College of Humanities and Sciences, Honors College, biology, physics, and Spanish, 2023
Mac Salter, College of Engineering, electrical engineering, 2023
RISE Germany offers undergraduate students from North American, British and Irish universities the opportunity to complete a summer research internship at top German universities and research institutions.
Chastyn Smith, College of Humanities and Sciences, forensic science, Center for Integrative Life Sciences Ph.D. student.
Lars Axberg, College of Engineering, mechanical engineering, 2024
Tristan Norrgard, College of Engineering, mechanical engineering, 2024
Madeline Bataille, College of Engineering, Honors College, biomedical engineering, 2024
The SMART Program, part of the Department of Defense science, technology, engineering and mathematics portfolio, provides STEM students with the tools needed to pursue higher education and begin a rewarding career with the DoD.
Alexandria Ashe and Sarah Meehan - Presidential Management Fellowship
Alexandria Ashe, School of Medicine, public health, 2021
Sarah Meehan, School of Social Work, social work, 2022
The Presidential Management Fellows Program is the federal government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree holders across all academic disciplines.
Simon Petrizzi - National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program
Simon Petrizzi , School of Business, Honors College, business administration and management, 2022
The National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program awards scholarships to students pursuing eligible primary care health professions training.
To learn more about additional scholarship and fellowship recipients from VCU, visit blogs.vcu.edu/natlscholar/2022/12/08/a-year-in-review-44-vcu-students-recent-alumni-receive-national-international-scholarships-fellowships/.
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