Recipient profiles

Kunal Kapoor

Fulbright, 2010, India

When Kunal Kampoor returned to the States after studying abroad in England, he looked for any reason to go back. Kapoor’s wishes were fulfilled when he was chosen for a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.

Kunal, on applying for scholarships: "It's a way to examine our core-self, to illuminate our desires and to understand how our existential passions can revolutionize the world. This self-illumination opens the door to a deeper understanding of the self and one’s purpose in this world.  Beginning this quest, in my view, is winning.  Applying for scholarships, therefore, is a win-win opportunity.  You cannot lose.  Only gain. Why be fearful? Take a risk.  Open up your heart and go for it."

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Tennessee Dixon

Fulbright , 2010, England

Tennessee Dixon’s time abroad in Hungary on a Fulbright scholarship taught her a lot of valuable life lessons. When Dixon received an email about a Fulbright scholarship information session, she saw it as a way to achieve her dream.

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Julie Charbonnier

Fulbright, 2010, Spain

When Julie Charbonnier received her Fulbright award, it felt like a long time coming. Charbonnier, a Master’s student studying Amphibian Ecology here at Virginia Commonwealth University, applied to Fulbright twice before receiving.

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Michael Trujillo

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award, 2015, United States

Michael is a doctoral candidate at VCU who studies Health Psychology. He is a recipient of a 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a past recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship.

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Ghatul Abdul Qayum

Fulbright ETA, 2015, Malaysia

Ghatul is a recipient of the 2015-2016 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant scholarship. She will be teaching English in Malaysia.

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Lindsey Fitzgerald

Fulbright ETA, 2015, Morocco

Lindsey, a graduate of the honors college at VCU,  is a recipient of the 2015 Fulbright ETA award. She will be travelling to Morocco along the Ivory Coast to teach English.

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Caitlin Forgione

Fulbright, 2013, Germany

Caitlin Forgione, from Clifton, Va., received her bachelor’s degrees in health, physical education and exercise science and German from VCU in 2013.  With the support from her Fulbright grant, Forgione researched the Four Components of Instructional Design (4c/ID) Model as it pertains to the education of physical therapists in Bochum, Germany at the Hochschule fuer Gesundheit. 

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Catherine Purdy

Fulbright ETA, 2013, Taiwan

Catherine Purdy, from Richmond, Va., received a master’s degree in early and elementary education from VCU in 2012.  Purdy served as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Taiwan for the 2013-2014 academic year.  

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Laura Hayward

Fulbright, 2014, Australia

Laura Hayward, from Richmond, Va., received her bachelor’s degree in chemical and life science engineering from VCU in May of 2014.  With support from her Fulbright grant, Hayward researched diagnostic devices for cancer, which will contribute to the field of personalized medicine, in Australia at the University of Queensland, Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology. 

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Asya Wilson

David L. Boren Scholarship, 2015, United Arab Emirates

Asya Wilson has been awarded the David L. Boren Scholarship to study abroad in the United Arab Emirates during the 2015-2016 school year. 

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Charlene Gaw

Critical Language Scholarship, 2014, China

Charlene Gaw, an undergraduate major in chemistry and psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, was awarded the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study advanced Chinese abroad.

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Chris Rories

Fulbright ETA, 2015, Malaysia

As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Chris will teach English in Malaysia. Outside of the classroom, Rories will create and facilitate a Model UN Club for his students, so that they may learn how global issues connect directly to their own lives and communities. 

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Cole Cridlin

Fulbright ETA, 2012, France

Cole Cridlin taught English in the suburbs of Paris at the Lycée Evariste Galois a Sartrouville, an upper-level secondary school that prepares students for the baccalauréat degree required for admission to French universities. 

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Cole Williams

Critical Language Scholarship , 2016, India

Coleman “Cole” Williams, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a senior majoring in Religious Studies in the School of World Studies. 
After he graduates in May, Williams will study Hindi at the beginner level in Jaipur from June through August.



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Gabby Beckford

Boren Scholarship , 2016, United Arab Emirates

Gabby received a Boren Scholarship to study Modern Standard Arabic (MSA) for one academic year at American

University in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 

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Jade Kern

Gilman International Scholarship, 2014, Tanzania

Jade Kern, an alumni with a degree in biology, studied with the School for Field studies in Tanzania in summer 2014.

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Jennifer Lawhorne

Fulbright, 2015, Italy

With the support of her Fulbright grant, Jennifer will conduct community-based research in Messina, Italy, working with immigrant populations to use film as a way to share their stories of integration. 

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Lama Elsharif

Critical Language Scholarship , 2016, Jordan

Lama Elsharif, from Dumfries, Va is a senior majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations in the College of Humanities and Sciences. She is also pursuing two minors: Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies. After her May graduation, Elsharif studied Arabic at the advanced level in Madaba from June to August.


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Maria McClintock

Fulbright, 2012, Greece

McClintock graduated with a major in chemical and life science engineering and a minor in mathematical sciences and chemistry. McClintock conducted research in Thessaloniki, Greece, focusing on localized wastewater treatment using biological species. She hopes to map out a genetic circuit that can be used for water filtration. She is from New York City.

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Mary Beth Bird

Fulbright, 2015, Lesotho

With her Fulbright grant, Mary Beth Bird will travel to Lesotho to conduct anthropological research examining experiences of maternity in the remote highlands of northern Lesotho.

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Millie Shah

Critical Language Scholarship, 2015, South Korea

Millie Shah, from Burtonsville, Maryland is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering major in the School of Engineering. Shah studied Korean at the beginner level at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea from June 14 to August 18.

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Quiamony Gaskins

Gilman International Scholarship, 2014, United Arab Emirates

Quiamony Gaskins from Norfolk, Va. is a senior currently pursuing a degree in International Studies with minors in French, Arabic, and Middle Eastern studies. 

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Sameen Meshkin

Goldwater Scholarship, 2015, United States

Sameen Meshkin, a sophomore, received scholarship funding to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Meshkin, a member of the VCU Honors College, majored in biology through the College of Humanities and Sciences and music through the School of the Arts.

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Samuel Wojcicki

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace , 2016, United States

student Samuel Wojcicki has been awarded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship. Wojcicki is the first VCU student to be awarded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship in the university’s history.

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Tarfia Faizullah

Fulbright, 2010, Bangledesh

Tarifia used her Fulbright grant to travel to Bangladesh to write poems about the lives of the birangona. These Bangladeshi women were taken as sex slaves by the West Pakistani army during the War of Independence in 1971. She hoped that speaking with Bangladeshis and becoming immersed in their culture would enrich her perspective to better write her poems about their conversations and experiences. 

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Tschuna Gibson

Fulbright ETA , 2012, Austria

Tschuna Gibson served as a teaching assistant for high school-aged students while attending courses at the University of Vienna.

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Wade Angeli

Fulbright ETA , 2015, Andora

Angeli will be teaching English to secondary school students in Andora as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. 

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Zach Canfield

Goldwater Scholarship , 2015, United States

Zach Canfield received scholarship funding to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Meshkin, a member of the VCU Honors College, is majoring in chemical engineering through the School of Engineering. In the past, he has received the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant. 

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