Will Kochtitzky named semifinalist for Fulbright grants

Four University of Maine students and alumni have been recommended as semifinalists for the 2019–20 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, the largest exchange program in the country that offers opportunities for recent graduates in more than 160 countries.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations and foundations also provide direct and indirect support.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

As semifinalists, the UMaine students and alumni have been recommended by the National Screening Committee of the Institute of International Education for final consideration for a Fulbright award. The semifinalists will be notified in the spring about the final results of their candidacy.

This year’s semifinalists for Fulbright U.S. Student Study/Research Grants are:

  • Emily Craig ’18, biology, applicant for a grant to Sri Lanka;
  • Will Kochtitzky ’19, geography, applicant for a grant to Canada;
  • Jesse Walters ’20, geology, applicant for a grant to Germany; and
  • Eric Miller ’20, economics, applicant for a grant to Laos.

UMaine students and recent alumni interested in the Fulbright program or other nationally competitive scholarships are invited to visit the Office of Major Scholarships on the second floor of Fogler Library, email nives.dalbowheeler@maine.edu or visit the website.

An information session about Fulbright scholarships will be held 6–7:30 April 16 in the Memorial Union, FFA Room.