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Gilman Alumni Among 2022 U.S. Fulbright Student Program Winners

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is proud to announce that 51 Gilman Alumni have been selected for the 2022 U.S. Fulbright Student Program.   

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program expands perspectives through academic and professional advancement and cross-cultural dialogue. Fulbright creates connections in a complex and changing world. In partnership with more than 140 countries worldwide, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers unparalleled opportunities in all academic disciplines to passionate and accomplished graduating college seniors, graduate students, and young professionals from all backgrounds. Program participants pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad. Below are the selected Gilman alumni and their type of Fulbright award. 

Isabela  Acenas  Study/Research Award 
Karla  Aguilar  Study/Research Award 
Zeytun  Ahmed  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Forough  Askarirad  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Angelica  Beltran Franco  Study/Research Award 
Tomicia Marie  Blunt  Study/Research Award 
Alberta  Born-Weiss  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Kristina  Brandveen  Study/Research Award 
Yoko  Chavez  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Alena  Coleman  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Naeemah  Davis  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Jada  Downing  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Perla  Echeverria  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Trevor  Engel  Study/Research Award 
Jose  Esquer  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Aiman  Ghani  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Neely  Griggs  Study/Research Award 
Quratulain  Gulamhussein  Study/Research Award 
Ashly  Huerta  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Adam  Isaacks  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Tasfia  Jahangir  Study/Research Award 
Kaylah  Jetton  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Sara  Kouchehbagh  Study/Research Award 
Sarah  LaGioia  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Elizabeth  Larios  Study/Research Award 
Hana  Lethen  Study/Research Award 
Joshua  Linkous  Study/Research Award 
Owen  MacDonald  Study/Research Award 
Jennifer  Macias Arvizo  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Amelia  Madarang  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Samantha  Manz  Study/Research Award 
Felicia  McGill  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Kathryn  McGillivray  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Ismenia  Miranda  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Darrika  Morklithavong  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Andrew  Ngo  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Nancy  Nguyen  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Aisha  Odusanya  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Isabel  Owen  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Cristian  Payan  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Alexandra  Perez  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Alexis  Pitchford  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Michael  Portillo  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Sopheak  Sam  Study/Research Award 
Sarah  Schubert  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Bo  Shimmin  Study/Research Award 
Grace  Sill  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Gabriella  Son  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Josephine  Valentine  English Teaching Assistant Award 
Paul  Vaughan  Study/Research Award 
Ilya  Wang  Study/Research Award 


Many Gilman Scholars point to their Gilman Scholarship experience as a pivotal point in their lives, significantly impacting their academic and career goals. Gilman Alumna and 2022 Fulbright recipient Forough Askarirad shared, “Studying abroad as a Gilman Scholar allowed me to live, learn, and explore a country and culture that is different from my own. This experience allowed me to grow confident in my independence as a working professional abroad. I felt encouraged and prepared since I had already done it with The Gilman Program.”

Gilman Alumna and 2022 Fulbright recipient Ilya Wang told us, “Being awarded the Gilman Scholarship gave me the confidence to not only live and learn outside of my comfort zone in different countries, but also to continue to follow my curiosity and ambition. These experiences showed me the important–that we all have beautiful stories to share, and that we can all learn a lot simply by listening. The Gilman gave me the confidence to apply for a Fulbright so that I can share my story and create a project based on listening to the stories of others.” 

Gilman Alumnus and 2022 Fulbright recipient Andrew Ngo has a similar view, “The Gilman Scholarship reassured me that for 1st-generation college students, studying abroad can be a possibility, which further encouraged me to apply for the Fulbright Program. The financial support and realization for global study were integral to my desire to connect and build understanding with people not only globally, but also across the diverse communities within the U.S. Additionally, my advisor and recommenders provided me support and advice in keeping my writing as objective and purposeful as possible.” 

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, individuals will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. 

“As a Fulbrighter, I look forward to fully immersing myself in Argentine culture. By trying their rich cuisine, broadening my view on education, my knowledge of Latin America and the influence of indigenous languages on Argentine Spanish. I also hope to join in on a game of fútbol because I want to experience Argentina’s passion for the sport. All of my experiences abroad will allow me to teach my students once back in the United States about the language and also immerse them in the culture,” shared Gilman Alumna and 2022 Fulbright recipient Yoko Chavez.  

“While I look forward to entering the world of archival research, what most excites me is the opportunity to get to know, work with, and learn from the people I will be surrounded by, whether that be the students and professors at my affiliate university, or the farmers and locals of the region that I study. With a full year provided by Fulbright to immerse myself, I believe that these experiences will shape my project as much as any collection of papers,” Gilman Alumnus and 2022 Fulbright recipient Joshua Linkous.

“My Fulbright experience will be a bit different to what I am used to, as I will be teaching as well as learning. I look forward to being able to explore Thailand, I look forward to learning more about the country’s customs and history. I look forward to meeting my students and fellow staff and engaging them in the many different activities I’ve dreamed of. I look forward to being open minded and doing my best to take in a new and wonderful experience,” shared Gilman Alumna and 2022 Fulbright recipient Aisha Odusanya. 

Learn more about the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and apply at 

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