Appalachian sets new record with 4 Fulbright U.S. Student Program finalists

An Appalachian State University senior and three university alumni have been named Fulbright U.S. Student Program finalists for the 2019–20 academic year — a record-breaking number for the university. Prior to these recipients, only five Appalachian students have received a Fulbright since the program’s beginning in 1946.

Finalists were selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields. The following statistics illustrate the level of Fulbright competition in 2018–19:

  • Over 10,000 applicants.
  • 700-plus institutions participated.
  • 2,100 grants awarded.
  • 140 countries offering opportunities for research, study and/or teaching.

Appalachian’s Fulbright Student finalists:

  • Finalist: Megan Holt-Smith ’15 ’16
    Degree: B.A. in Spanish, M.A. in romance languages with concentration in Spanish college teaching.
    Hometown: Mount Airy.
    Award: Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Award to Germany.
  • Finalist: John Kennedy ’16
    Degree: B.A. in sustainable development.
    Hometown: High Point.
    Award: Fulbright ETA Award to Mongolia.
  • Finalist: Emma Labovitz ’18
    Degree: B.A. in political science, B.A. in global studies.
    Hometown: Salisbury.
    Award: Fulbright Study/Research Award to the Netherlands.
  • Finalist: Caroline Webb
    Major: psychology, minor in communication sciences and disorders.
    Hometown: Raleigh.
    Award: Fulbright ETA Award to Timor-Leste.

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Published: May 2, 2019 9:09am