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University of South Carolina Announces
Six Fulbright Grant Winners



For the 13th consecutive year, the University of South Carolina will be represented abroad by Fulbright Scholars conducting research, studying, and serving as English Teaching Assistants. This year our six Fulbright recipients are Callison Coggins, Haley Horstemeyer, Hope Jackson, Mary Allison Joseph, Sarah McClanahan, and Rachel Parker, while Briana Leaman and Kathryn Miles have been named alternates. These students are among the 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2014-2015 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Since 1983, USC has had 90 Fulbright student scholars in Africa, Asia, Europe, North and South America, conducting research, studying in graduate programs and teaching English in K-college settings.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to "increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries." With this goal as a starting point, the Fulbright Program provides participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to study, teach or conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns in over 155 countries. Fulbright scholars at the University this past academic year represented a variety of countries, including Nigeria, Thailand, and the UK.

Dr. Jeff Persels, Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and Director of European Studies, and Dr. Yvonne Ivory, Associate Professor of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and German Program Director, served as the University's Fulbright Program Advisors this past year. They worked closely with many of this year's pool of candidates as they crafted their winning applications. Over 30 other faculty members assisted in interviewing applicants as part of the campus evaluation process.

These students and others seeking national fellowships were assisted by the Office of Fellowships & Scholar Programs. For more information about the Fulbright Program, contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholar Programs at 777-0958, or visit us online at

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