Fulbright, 2010, India
When Kunal Kampoor returned to the States after studying abroad in England, he looked for any reason to go back. Kapoor’s wishes were fulfilled when he was chosen for a Fulbright scholarship to study in the United Kingdom.
Kunal, on applying for scholarships: "It's a way to examine our core-self, to illuminate our desires and to understand how our existential passions can revolutionize the world. This self-illumination opens the door to a deeper understanding of the self and one’s purpose in this world. Beginning this quest, in my view, is winning. Applying for scholarships, therefore, is a win-win opportunity. You cannot lose. Only gain. Why be fearful? Take a risk. Open up your heart and go for it."
National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship Award, 2015, United States
Michael is a doctoral candidate at VCU who studies Health Psychology. He is a recipient of a 2015 Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation and a past recipient of the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Scholarship.
Fulbright, 2013, Germany
Caitlin Forgione, from Clifton, Va., received her bachelor’s degrees in health, physical education and exercise science and German from VCU in 2013. With the support from her Fulbright grant, Forgione researched the Four Components of Instructional Design (4c/ID) Model as it pertains to the education of physical therapists in Bochum, Germany at the Hochschule fuer Gesundheit.
Fulbright, 2014, Australia
Laura Hayward, from Richmond, Va., received her bachelor’s degree in chemical and life science engineering from VCU in May of 2014. With support from her Fulbright grant, Hayward researched diagnostic devices for cancer, which will contribute to the field of personalized medicine, in Australia at the University of Queensland, Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology.
Fulbright ETA, 2015, Malaysia
As a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Chris will teach English in Malaysia. Outside of the classroom, Rories will create and facilitate a Model UN Club for his students, so that they may learn how global issues connect directly to their own lives and communities.
Critical Language Scholarship , 2016, India
Coleman “Cole” Williams, from Virginia Beach, Virginia, is a senior majoring in Religious Studies in the School of World Studies.
After he graduates in May, Williams will study Hindi at the beginner level in Jaipur from June through August.
SMART, 2017, U.S., Department of Defense
Jared will graduate from VCU in 2020 and was awarded the Science, Math, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service. With this award, he plans to focus on learning and applying new skills through his summer internships with the Department of Defense.
NREIP & SMART, 2017, U.S. Department of Defense (Navy)
Kevin Yang plans to graduate in spring 2019 with a major in Computer Engineering and minors in both Computer Science and Mathematics. He has received a Science, Math, and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service as well as a spot in the Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP).
Critical Language Scholarship , 2016, Jordan
Lama Elsharif, from Dumfries, Va is a senior majoring in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations in the College of Humanities and Sciences. She is also pursuing two minors: Arabic & Middle Eastern Studies and Islamic Studies. After her May graduation, Elsharif studied Arabic at the advanced level in Madaba from June to August.
Fulbright, 2016, Greece
Lynn’s Fulbright project will characterize a newly designed portable sampler in order to investigate how the change in composition of diesel exhaust emissions from the use of nanoceria additives affects the response to exposure measured using in-vitro lung models.
Fulbright, 2012, Greece
McClintock graduated with a major in chemical and life science engineering and a minor in mathematical sciences and chemistry. McClintock conducted research in Thessaloniki, Greece, focusing on localized wastewater treatment using biological species. She hopes to map out a genetic circuit that can be used for water filtration. She is from New York City.
Critical Language Scholarship, 2015, South Korea
Millie Shah, from Burtonsville, Maryland is a junior majoring in biomedical engineering major in the School of Engineering. Shah studied Korean at the beginner level at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea from June 14 to August 18.
Goldwater Scholarship, 2015, United States
Sameen Meshkin, a sophomore, received scholarship funding to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Meshkin, a member of the VCU Honors College, majored in biology through the College of Humanities and Sciences and music through the School of the Arts.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace , 2016, United States
student Samuel Wojcicki has been awarded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship. Wojcicki is the first VCU student to be awarded the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellowship in the university’s history.
Fulbright, 2010, Bangledesh
Tarifia used her Fulbright grant to travel to Bangladesh to write poems about the lives of the birangona. These Bangladeshi women were taken as sex slaves by the West Pakistani army during the War of Independence in 1971. She hoped that speaking with Bangladeshis and becoming immersed in their culture would enrich her perspective to better write her poems about their conversations and experiences.
Goldwater Scholarship , 2015, United States
Zach Canfield received scholarship funding to cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to a maximum of $7,500 per year. Meshkin, a member of the VCU Honors College, is majoring in chemical engineering through the School of Engineering. In the past, he has received the Dean’s Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant.