UA Again Recognized as Top Producer for Student Fulbright Awards

  • February 10th, 2020

A circular logo designation as a Fulbright Program Top Producer TUSCALOOSA — For the fourth time in five years, The University of Alabama was recognized as a Top Producing Institution for Fulbright U.S. Student Awards.

“The University of Alabama will continue offering transformational educational experiences and innovative education-abroad opportunities for our students,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell. “Through the Fulbright Program, UA’s award winners transcend borders to address critical global issues through teaching and advanced research projects. It’s a shared future we’re shaping, and I’m proud of how UA faculty and staff mentor and influence our students.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the premier educational exchange program of the United States Department of State. The Fulbright Award offers grants for independent study and research and for English teaching assistantships overseas. The highly competitive program selects about 1,900 award recipients from more than 11,000 applicants each year.

“These Fulbright Award recipients exemplify the results of UA’s commitment to a student-centered education that offers a global perspective to all students during their time at the Capstone, and we take pride in the continued national recognition for our international programs,” said Dr. Teresa Wise, UA associate provost for international education and global outreach.

As a top producer with 11 Fulbrights serving abroad in 2019–2020, Alabama is in company with other top research institutions in the nation.

This year’s Student Fulbright Award winners are Tommie P. Brazie (Germany), Amanda Filardo (Kazakhstan), Courtney Geary (Jordan), Ciara Malaugh (Romania), Larry Monocello (South Korea), Amica Rapadas (Taiwan), Pamela Grace Turner (Colombia), Sophia Warner (Germany), Samantha Wetzel (Germany), Ellery Wiemer (Germany), and Madeline Willoughby (Malaysia).

“Dedicated faculty, staff and administrators across campus work many hours with our students to win these awards, and the Fulbright leadership team at Capstone International Center, Modern Languages and Classics and the Center for Community-Based Partnerships helps students polish applications for success in the Fulbright competition each year,” said Dr. Beverly Hawk, director of global and community engagement.

Students interested in applying for next year’s Fulbright program can learn more at and, or by sending an email to UA’s Fulbright advisers, Megan Wagner, Dr. Matthew Feminella, or Dr. Beverly Hawk


Diane Kennedy-Jackson, UA community affairs, 205-348-4480,; UA communications, 205-348-5320

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