Four Rutgers-Camden Students Named Fulbright Semi-Finalists

Students walking on the Rutgers University-Camden campus

By Mike Sepanic

Four students at Rutgers University–Camden have been selected as semi-finalists in the 2020-21 Fulbright Scholarship competition, which is the largest U.S. exchange program worldwide.

Each year, the Fulbright Commission receives approximately 10,000 applications and presents an average of 2,000 awards for students to conduct research, study, or teach abroad in more than 140 countries worldwide.

“Earning a semi-finalist title is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Laura Collins, director of the Office of Scholar Development and Fellowship Advising at Rutgers University–Camden. “While the application process is rigorous, Rutgers–Camden students are well-suited to compete among other top scholars. Our students’ civic mindedness and investment in global exchange are where they shine in this national competition.”

The four Rutgers–Camden semi-finalists are:

  • Cherry Hill resident Erica Westman, an undergraduate criminal justice major, who is a semi-finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in Lithuania;
  • Scranton, Pa., resident Joelene Joinvil, a student in the graduate public policy program, who is a Susquehanna University graduate and a semi-finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in Colombia;
  • Oklahoma City, Ok., resident Patience Williams, a master of fine arts student, is a graduate of Oklahoma City University who is a semi-finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in the Netherlands;
  • New York City resident Natasha Soto, a master of fine arts student, is a graduate of Bowdoin College who is a semi-finalist for a Study/Research and Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship in the Dominican Republic.

All four are members of the Class of 2020 at Rutgers University–Camden.

Fulbright grants are awarded to individuals who have a demonstrated record of academic excellence, as well as evidence of service and leadership potential. Final selections for 2020-21 Fulbright Scholarships are expected to be announced before May.

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