Two students receive Fulbright grants;three others named alternates
UdallScholarship winner and Honorable Mention
Two students to intern in India with Cultural Vistas Fellowships
Finalist determined for Truman Scholarship
Speech pathology major receives Gilman Scholarship for study in Argentina
Theatrical Studies major finalist for Marshall Scholarship
Four graduating seniors receive Fulbright Student Grants
Gilman Scholarship winner to study in Japan for 2014-15
Critical Language Scholarship recipient will study Urdu
Music performance major wins Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship
April 2015: Two graduating seniors have been
awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Grants to pursue study and teaching
The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and is
intended to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and
those of more than 155 countries. This year the Fulbright headquarters received
well over 10,000 applications from graduating seniors, graduate students, and
recent graduates, ultimately awarding approximately 1,900 grants.
Natalie Abell, a
biology major and Honors College student from Ferdinand, Ind., will enter the M.Sc. program in Marine Science, Policy, and
Law at the University of Southampton this fall. The program is housed in
the National Oceanography Centre, where she will study science-based policy
aimed at protecting and managing marine environments.
“I never thought it would be possible
that someone from southern Indiana would be studying at one of the best oceanography
programs in the UK,” said Natalie of her Fulbright award. “The most important aspect of the Fulbright U.S.
Student Program is that I will become a member of a worldwide community.”
After completing her master’s degree
at the University of Southampton, Natalie plans to pursue a Ph.D. in
oceanography and eventually work for an independent marine research or
biotechnology institution. Ultimately,
her goal is to combine her passions for research, conservation, and social
justice on a global scale.
Zoey Spengler, who is completing a degree in telecommunications,
with a minor in classical cultures, received an English Teaching Assistantship
to Malaysia. In January 2016 she will embark on 10 months in a rural
area or small city, assisting a Malaysian teacher of English in language
instruction and helping students explore U.S. culture.
Outside of her time in the classroom, Zoey
intends to work with students to create a video public service announcement on
the benefits of education. After completing her year in Malaysia, Zoey, a Beech
Grove, Ind., native, wants to pursue a graduate degree in TESOL (teaching
English to speakers of other languages) and teach in UNICEF’s Schools for Asia program.
have been waiting my entire life to earn an opportunity such as this,” Zoey
said. “The Fulbright means that I personally get to fulfill my passion of
teaching youth English and it allows me to be immersed completely in another
Alternates: Three other
graduating seniors were named Fulbright alternates: Colin
Hart, a theatrical studies major, who applied to the United Kingdom; Lindsey Kelderhouse, a speech language
pathology major who applied for an English Teaching Assistantship in Thailand;
and Heidi Noneman, a chemistry and
anthropology major (with a history minor), who applied to the United Kingdom.
Ball State’s remaining finalists
this year were graduating senior Morgan
Aprill, 2014 graduate Talley Gale,
and graduate student Maria Muffoletto.
April 2015: Two Honors College juniors have been
honored by the Udall Foundation for their commitment to the environment!
Denise Blankenberger, of Evansville,
Ind., is one of 50 students to be named a 2015 Udall Scholar. She is the
ninth Ball State student in ten years to receive the $5,000 scholarship,
considered the nation’s most important scholarship for undergraduates who are
committed to environmental issues or tribal policy or healthcare.
With a major in architecture and a minor in sustainability, Denise
intends to focus her career on architectural design that addresses energy
efficiency and the adverse effects of climate change. At Ball State she
is president of Global Brigade’s Architecture and Water Brigade and will be
leading a group of students to Nicaragua in December. Last year she received a Cultural Vistas
Fellowship, which took her to Singapore for an eight-week architecture
internship that focused on sustainable design.
Scholarship will give me the ability to further explore my interest in
environmental sustainability as it relates to architecture, with a focus on
social justice,” Denise said of her award, which will take her to Tucson, Arizona,
this summer for Scholars Week. “I especially look forward to meeting the other
Udall Scholars in Arizona to get to share ideas and aspirations for the future
among like-minded people,” she added.
The Udall Foundation also awarded Honorable Mention to
Sarah Fischer, of Louisville, Ky. With majors in biology and art (printmaking), Sarah is focused on researching
endangered species and human-wildlife conflict, then using her artistic talents
to convey that research to the public in creative ways.
Last year Sarah received a Gilman Scholarship and Garden Club of
America Scholarship, which supported independent research on sustainable art
and agriculture, which she and two recent graduates undertook in Iceland for
six weeks. Since August 2014, Sarah has
been conducting research on bird-window collisions on Ball State’s campus.
“In the future,” she
said, “I will pursue further research on birds, and will reflect my studies
through research-based ecological artwork to engage the public in wildlife
The Udall Foundation is an
independent federal agency that supports sophomores and juniors committed to
careers that protect or serve the environment or tribal policy and healthcare.
March 2015: Two Honors College students, Megan Bradford and Haley Carroll, have received Cultural Vistas Fellowships to undertake two-month internships in India this summer. They are two of only twelve U.S. students nationwide selected to participate in this year’s Cultural Vistas Fellowship program, which facilitates fully-funded internship / cultural exchange experiences in Argentina, Germany, and India.
Haley Carroll, a sophomore majoring in public relations, with a minor in energy, will intern with a renewable energy business or agency. “I want to better understand how renewable energy impacts and is applied to communities, as well as how public policy and communication affect the success or failure of the sustainability revolution,” she stated.
Haley, who is from Geneva, Ill., is a leader in several Ball State and community activities, including the campus’s annual Eco Summit and Cardinal Communications. She is also an active member of the campus’s Global Brigades and International Conversation Hour.
“I am thrilled to receive the Cultural Vistas Fellowship,” Haley said. “I will get the remarkable opportunity to intern in a country where exciting changes are being made in renewable energy and where I will get to actively participate at a company that is making changes for the better.”
After college, she intends to become a communications and public relations specialist in the renewable energy sector.
Megan Bradford, a junior majoring in architecture, with a minor in entrepreneurship, will intern with an architecture firm. “I am interested in working with housing in areas with dense populations,” she stated. “Challenges that happen with housing where I grew up are nothing like the ones in densely populated areas like India.”
The Georgetown, Ind., resident works at Ball State’s Rinker Center for International Programs. Last summer, as a mentor for the Center’s Iraqi Young Leader Exchange Program, she helped visiting Iraqi students adjust to U.S. culture and develop social entrepreneurship programs for their return home.
“This fellowship is opening a whole new world for me,” Megan said. “The most important part is that I am going to be able to meet people with stories. ... I am looking forward to being able to continue to reference and share those in my design career and in my everyday life.”
Megan plans to open her own architecture firm in the future, with an emphasis on social entrepreneurship.
Cultural Vistas is a not-for-profit organization using career exploration to facilitate connections between Americans and international visitors for more than 60 years. Its mission is “to enrich minds, advance global skills, build careers, and connect lives through international exchange.” The program is currently focusing on the theme of “entrepreneurship and innovation.”
March 2015: Conner Edwards, a junior majoring in special education for severe and profound interventions, has been named a finalist for the Truman Scholarship! Conner intends to dedicate his professional life to helping provide equal employment opportunities for individuals with severe disabilities.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at Ball State, he plans to enroll in the MPA (Master in Public Affairs) program in non-profit management and health policy at Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs. His eventual goal is to start his own not-for-profit organization.
The Greenwood, Indiana, resident is vice-president of Best Buddies Indiana, president of Ball State’s Student Council for Exceptional Children, founder and president of Act for Autism, and an active leader and volunteer for many other organizations, both on- and off-campus.
The Truman Scholarship – one of the nation’s most competitive and prestigious scholarships – is for juniors who demonstrate outstanding potential to become future leaders and “change agents” in public service. Approximately 60 scholarships will be awarded to nominated juniors from across the country in late March or early April.
December 2014: Morgan Awe, a sophomore Honors College student with majors in speech language pathology and Spanish, has been awarded a $3,500 Gilman Scholarship to support a semester of study in Rosario, Argentina, through AHA International.
In Argentina Morgan will study Spanish language and Argentine history and culture, and she will have the opportunity to visit several regions and cities of Argentina. The experience will help prepare her to become a bilingual speech pathologist.
The federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program provides up to $5,000 to U.S. undergraduate students pursuing academic studies abroad, in order to better prepare them to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world.
Upon their return to the U.S., all Gilman Scholarship recipients are required to carry out a project that helps promote international education and understanding. For her project, Awe intends to give a series of presentations at Motivate Our Minds and the Boys and Girls Club, both of which provide after-school educational opportunities and mentoring to children and youth in underserved neighborhoods in Muncie.
“This honor will allow me to fully immerse myself in a new culture,” said Awe upon receiving the Gilman Scholarship. “It has also provided me with the opportunity to impact my community upon my return to the States.”
The Indianapolis resident will depart for Argentina in March 2015.
November 2014: Senior Colin Hart has been named a finalist for Marshall Scholarship! The Marshall funds one or two years of graduate study in the UK and is for “applicants who possess keen intellects and broad outlooks, who will be future leaders, opinion-formers, and decision-makers in our own country.” Together, the Marshall and Rhodes Scholarships are considered the two most prestigious, competitive scholarships in the nation.
Colin is an Honors College student and Theatrical Studies major whose focus is on sustainability in the arts; that interest and his impressive record of leadership and academic achievement led to his receipt of the Udall Scholarship last April. If awarded the Marshall Scholarship, he intends to enter the MLitt program in Dramaturgy and Playwriting at the University of Glasgow.
On November 13 Colin will be interviewed at the British Embassy in Chicago, and Marshall Scholars will be named at the end of the month.
Making it to the interview stage is in itself a rare accomplishment, so we congratulate Colin on this achievement!
June 2014: Four Ball State students, all May 2014 graduates, have received Fulbright U.S. Student Grants to support study and teaching opportunities abroad during the 2014-15 academic year. Two other students have been named alternates.
Taylor Byrd, who completed a degree in English language arts education, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia. From January-November
2015, she will assist a Malaysian teacher of English in language instruction
and explorations of U.S. culture.
Outside of her time in the classroom, Taylor intends to engage students in outdoor education as another means of practicing and expanding their English skills. After completing her year in Malaysia, Taylor wants to pursue a graduate degree in education and a term of service with Peace Corps.
You can follow Taylor’s year as a Fulbrighter in
her blogs, “Malaysian
Adventure” and “Life in Malaysia.”
Meghan Reidy received an English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. She will work with students in grades 5-12 at
the Carl Bechstein Gymnasium in the town of Erkner. Outside of the
classroom, Meghan intends to offer formal English tutoring sessions and
informal conversation practice with adults in the community.
At Ball State, Meghan majored in German and also completed minors in history and music, as well as the Honors College curriculum. After her year with Fulbright, she intends to pursue a master's degree in international relations or to apply for a position with the U.S. Department of State. Her eventual goal is to work for the U.S. government, facilitating its relationships with other countries and helping American citizens abroad.
Honors College student Matthew J. Smith will use his Fulbright award to complete an M.A. in Public Policy at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom. In addition to his academic studies, Matt plans to participate in the university’s Swimming and Water Polo Club and the Warwick Think Tank Society.
Matt completed Ball State majors in political science (international studies) and history, as well as minors in German, linguistics, and African American studies. After finishing his degree at the University of Warwick, Matt intends to pursue a career in American policy-making, either in elected politics or at a policy think tank.
Another Honors College student, Hannah Turner, received a Fulbright Student Grant to study math and language in Hungary, at the Budapest Semesters in Mathematics Program. Hannah majored in mathematics at Ball State, with a minor in Spanish, and intends to pursue a career in math education at the university level.
In addition to her formal studies in Hungary,
Hannah plans to become involved with a primary or secondary school in Budapest,
through tutoring or enrichment programs in mathematics, in order to learn more
about Hungary’s math education initiative and strategies. After completing two semesters of study in
Budapest, she intends to enter a Ph.D. program in math in the U.S.
Of the eight students and recent graduates
declared Fulbright finalists earlier this year, two have been named alternates:
Talley Gale, a theater major, and Amara Knox, an elementary education/special
June 2014: Jesse Taskovic, of Munster, Ind., will spend the 2014-15 academic year studying in Japan with the support of a $5,000 Gilman Scholarship. Jesse, who just completed his sophomore year, has a major in Japanese and minors in Chinese and Asian studies.
As an exchange student at Tokyo Gakugei University, he will take courses in Japanese language, public health, Asian society, and Chinese language. All courses will be taught in Japanese.
The federally-funded Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program supports U.S. undergraduate students studying abroad. All scholarship recipients are required to carry out a follow-on project in the U.S. that helps promote international education and understanding.
While in Japan, Jesse plans to do volunteer work in Fukushima to assist in clean-up from the nuclear disaster. Upon his return to the U.S., he will participate in volunteer work and give presentations in Gary, Ind., in order to “show that humans have the same basic needs, no matter where in the world we live.”
June 2014: Amon Rizvi, who just completed her sophomore year at Ball State, has received a Critical Language Scholarship to study both spoken and written Urdu in Lucknow, India, for two months this summer.
Amon, who has majors in journalism news and telecommunications news, as well as a minor in political science, said of her Critical Language Scholarship news, “I am so honored to have gotten this scholarship. Studying Urdu in India will help me better my Urdu and also help me become a foreign correspondent in the future.” The Carol Stream, Ill., native hopes to become a journalist in South Asia or the Middle East.
The Critical Language Scholarship Program, which is a program of the U.S. Department of States’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen foreign languages considered critical to the international relations. Two other Ball State students were named finalists for the scholarship.
June 2014: Morgan Ulyat, a May 2014 graduate and Honors College student, has received a Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship to support her graduate studies at Westminster Choir College, Rider University’s college of music in Princeton, N.J.
She is one of 51 recent graduates across the country to win the $5,000 fellowship, in addition to six students who received $15,000 fellowships.
At Ball State, the Remington, Ind., resident majored in music (voice performance), with a minor in sacred music. After completing the two-year Master of Music degree in Vocal Pedagogy &
Performance at Westminster, she intends to pursue further vocal training in Europe and a career in opera performance.
“The training necessary to enter a career in opera performance can be long and expensive,” Morgan said. “The Phi Kappa Phi Fellowship will help ease the financial challenges I face and allow me to focus on the career I am passionate about.”
Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Ball State has had a campus chapter since 2003.
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