Four COLA Alumnae Fetch Fulbrights

Gabriela Aguilera

Gabriela Aguilera

Four University of New Hampshire alumnae have been offered Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants. Gabriela Aguilera ’15, Jennifer Lindsay ’14, Sonia Scherr ’13G and Sasa Tang ’11 were among the 1,900 U.S. university students or alumni awarded 2015 Fulbright fellowships based on their academic and professional achievements and demonstrated leadership potential.

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

Gabriela Aguilera will work as an English teaching assistant in the Republic of Georgia. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native graduated earlier this month with degrees in Russian and justice studies. This is not Aguilera’s first time abroad; in 2014, she received a Benjamin A. Gilman Study Abroad Scholarship to go to Kyrgyzstan. She worked at a language school while there.

Jennifer Lindsay will travel to China where she’ll study the language, take university art classes and interview contemporary Beijing artists for a bilingual blog. Lindsay is a Pembroke, N.H., native who graduated with a dual degree in studio art and international affairs in 2014. She is a former International Research Opportunities Program grant recipient.

Sonia Scherr will conduct research in Morocco for a young adult novel she is writing about the relationship between Jewish and Muslim Moroccans during the Holocaust. The Norwich, Vt., native will volunteer at the Moroccan Jewish Museum in Casablanca. Also she will offer readings of her novel-in-progress to small groups of teenagers at the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center. Scherr received a master of fine arts in writing from UNH in 2013.

Sasa Tang, a Lee, N.H., native who graduated with a dual degree in political science and international affairs, was offered a Fulbright to become an English teaching assistant in Jordan. Tang declined the grant in order to begin a Ph.D. program in political science at American University.

–by Jeanne Sokolowski, UNH Office of Fellowships

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