So this year we worked hard to create a synergy between faculty and staff members helping students to apply for major international awards. And it takes a team, really, to cull the students who make good candidates and to connect them to the programs that will help them achieve their dreams. Our main effort this year went into stimulating more interest in the Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship program, the huge and highly respected Fulbright program, and the Department of Defense’s Boren Awards.
Starting last spring, we met with students interested in the Fulbright program, and worked with many over the summer as they put together their applications for submission in October. Then we held information sessions and workshops for the CLS (which had a November submission) and Boren (due in February).
And now—it’s Christmas! We managed to get a winner for each of these prestigious international awards this year, and we are very proud of them. Here they are:
- Honors College Junior Sujata Gautam has been awarded the Critical Language Scholarship to study Hindi in India, a language that will help her to do work in environmental engineering and waste diversion.
- Kayla Stewart, a UH Valenti School journalism graduate, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for Indonesia. She plans to pursue a master’s degree afterward, with a focus on Southeast Asia.
- Honors College Sophomore Victor Yau, who won a CLS for the study of Korean last year (as a freshman!), has now been awarded a Boren scholarship to study in Korea. Victor hopes to achieve his dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department.
Both Victor and Sujata are members of the Houston Scholars program, which helps students to hone their skills at competitive awards and proposal writing through faculty mentorship and group discussions.
UH Sophomore Johnny Zapata, a History and Spanish double major, was also designated as an alternate in the Boren program for Azerbaijan. He will be going to study at the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy University this coming year.
So given the success this year, there’s no reason not to try for these major international awards, which pay your expenses while you see the world and achieve your dreams!
Come by the Honors College today and talk to me, Jennifer Asmussen, Karen Weber, or David Rainbow about these major opportunities! For the Boren Awards, you can also see Leah Scott in the Office of Global Strategies and Studies.