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USF Tampa Leads All Florida Universities in Student Fulbright Award Winners

The 10 Fulbrights are among the 66 competitive national awards received by USF students during the 2016-17 academic year, the most in university history.

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2017) – Students at the University of South Florida Tampa received more Fulbright awards than those from any other university in the state during the 2016-17 academic year. The group of 10 recipients represents the most Fulbright winners USF has ever had in a single year.

Sponsored by the U.S. State Department, Fulbright awards provide funding for students to either conduct research, pursue a master’s degree, or teach English in a host country for up to one year. The Fulbright program is currently allowing USF students to conduct research in Costa Rica, the Netherlands and Burkina Faso, while other students are teaching English in Bahrain, Colombia, Germany and Macau. Additionally, one student is using their Fulbright award to pursue a master’s degree in the United Kingdom.

USF student Kathryn Ashmore conducts an English teaching assistantship in Germany as a winner of the 2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship. She teaches English to middle and high school students and facilitates classroom discussion on American culture and school life. 

“It is so encouraging to see these students making a difference across the globe,” said Sayan Basu, director of USF’s Office of National Scholarships, whose office on campus is a hub for student engagement, helping students achieve greater academic accomplishments and pursue competitive scholarships. “We are very proud of these Fulbright winners and look forward to seeing their bright futures.”

The award winners from USF include in-state, out-of-state and international undergraduate and graduate students. The 10 Fulbrights are among the 66 competitive national awards received by USF students during the 2016-17 academic year, the most in university history.

“At USF, our students remain at the center of all that we do. We take special pride in those who win these prestigious national and international scholarships,” said Ralph Wilcox, USF provost and executive vice president.

As a 2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Program winner, USF student Clarisse Barbier was awarded a research grant to Burkina Faso, Africa. Her ethnographic study of Burkinabe women accused of witchcraft examines the women's experiences of accusation, trauma and building new forms of identity and solidarity.

The Fulbright Program has separate awards for students and faculty. Earlier this year, USF Tampa was named the top producer of faculty Fulbright Scholars for the nation, with 12 faculty members earning the award. These USF Tampa students and faculty will join a group of Fulbright alumni that includes Nobel Prize winners, heads of state, members of congress and leaders in a wide variety of fields.

The full list of USF student Fulbright winners:

· Kathryn Ashmore, home schooled, Pembroke Pines, Florida

· Clarisse Barbier, Lycee Bartholdi, Colmar, France

· Samantha Creel, Ridgeview High School, Orange Park, Florida

· Dalia Elmelige, Stanton College Preparatory, Jacksonville, Florida

· Claire Gorey, St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights, Illinois

· Carmella Guiol, Miami, Florida

· Natalie Kass, Seminole Ridge Community High School, Loxahatchee, Florida

· Kevin Orner, Eden Prairie High School, Eden Prairie, Minnesota

· Anne Shaughnessy, Palm Harbor University High School, Palm Harbor, Florida

· Pedro Zamora, Hardee Senior High School, Wauchula, Florida

-Photos courtesy of USF Honors College

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