2019 has been an exciting year for the Center for Fellowship & Scholarship Advising! In May, CFSA hired its first assistant director, Melissa Welshans. Melissa earned her Ph.D. in English from Syracuse University and has also taught in the Honors Program. Her hire marks the expansion of CFSA from an office with one full-time employee (Jolynn Parker, CFSA’s director) to two, in addition to support the office receives from Honors Program staff.
The University’s investment in expanding CFSA yielded a record number of applicants to the Fulbright U.S. student program this year. The Fulbright U.S. Student awards support English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) and Research/Study grants. In the 2019 cycle, 26 undergraduates, eight graduate students and 11 alumni submitted applications. This number far surpasses the 25 students who usually apply. To mark the occasion, we even made T-shirts! Pictured are Tajanae Harris, ’20 and Samar Al-Any, ’19, two of this year’s applicants. Tajanae, a member of the Honors Program, is joined by 11 other current Honors students and four Honors alumni in this year’s applicant pool. CFSA looks forward to working with more applicants—including alumni—in next year’s Fulbright cycle. Interested candidates should contact the office by June 1 to get started with applications.
CFSA also had a record number of applications for other prestigious national awards this year, including four applicants to the Marshall Scholarship, one to the Mitchell Scholarship, two to the Schwarzman Scholarship, and two to the Luce Scholarship. This applicant pool includes one currently enrolled Honors Student, and two Honors alumni. If you are interested in applying to these opportunities, register with CFSA by June 1 and complete an “Intent to Apply” form by July 1. We look forward to hearing from you!