Eight Ohio University students and alumni have been selected as recipients of the Fulbright US Student Program, and one OHIO alumnus has been selected as a recipient of a Fulbright Hays Group Projects grant, through which they will work to promote international, educational and cultural exchanges in the countries. worldwide.

Fulbright scholars include Garett Cunningham, Analee Davis, Raijai (RJ) Franklin, Maya Holcomb, Alexis Karolin, Kevin Lockett, Emily Marino, Julia Schneider and Nicholas Whitticar. Zachary Perie, an OHIO alumnus, has also been named a substitute for an English teaching assistant position at the Fulbright US Student Program in South Korea.

“It is wonderful to have so many extraordinary students recognized by the opportunity to participate in this most prestigious and influential cultural opportunity,” said President Hugh Sherman. “We are incredibly proud that these Bobcats represent Ohio University around the world as they participate in the Fulbright program.”

The Fulbright US Student Program is one of the most competitive college exchange programs in the world. The program fully funds U.S. students and alumni who research, develop creative projects, and/or teach English abroad, while devoting a portion of their time to building understanding between the U.S. and host countries .

Fulbright Hays Group Projects offers grants to support overseas projects in training, research and curriculum development in modern foreign languages ​​and area studies for teachers, students and professors engaged in a joint venture. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, research or group study, or advanced intensive language programs.

Several other Ohio University students and alumni have also received prestigious awards, including Shawn Liming who received a Critical Language Fellowship, Riley Zielinski who received a DAAD RISE Fellowship, Abby Jeffers who received the of German Chancellor Humboldt and Ashlee Ziegler who received a Hollings Fellowship.

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Garett Cunningham

Garett Cunningham, an Honors Mathematics and Computer Science student at the Honors Tutoring College in Greenfield, Ohio, received a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship to conduct mathematical research on knot theory in Germany.

“I am thrilled to have such a unique opportunity,” Cunningham said. “I look forward to living in Bavaria and exploring the region, as well as working with a great group of people at my host institution.”

Analee Davis

Analee Davis, a graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, triple major in English (literature and writing), Spanish and European studies with a minor in linguistics and a certificate in Latin American studies, from Guatemala City, Guatemala, has received a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship to teach English and American culture in Brazil.

After receiving the email that I had been awarded Fulbright, I was shocked but extremely excited,” Davis said. “I look forward to living in a country where I have never lived before, to engage with the people there and to learn more about the culture and the language. I hope to inspire my future students and learn from them as much as they learn from me.

R. F. Franklin

Raijai (RJ) Franklin, a senior in the College of Health Sciences and Professions majoring in child and family studies with a minor in teaching English as a second language and a certificate in gerontology, from Columbus, Ohio, has received a Fulbright US Student scholarship to teach English and American Culture in South Korea.

“I’m so excited to pursue my dreams because I’ve wanted to teach English in South Korea since high school,” Franklin said. “I am so grateful for all the opportunities that have been given to me at Ohio University, and I truly believe that none of this would have been accomplished without these experiences and these people who support me. I can doing what I love in a country I love, and I’m so excited.

Alexis Karolin

Alexis Karolin, a Tutorial College history major with certificates in Asian Studies and Law, Justice, and Culture, from Columbus, Ohio, received a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship to teach English and American culture in Taiwan.

I am delighted to continue my passion for intercultural exchanges and advancing education in Taiwan with the Fulbright program – it really is a dream come true,” said Karolin. “As an Asian American adoptee, I am eager to learn more about the culture of the region I was born in, to show Asian students that the English language is not just for one country or to a type of people, to grow personally and professionally and to learn from my students I cannot thank enough Dr. Chris Lewis of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, Honors Tutorial College and my mentors, Dr. Katherine Jellison, Dr. Larry Hayman and Nikki Mckenzie for their unwavering support throughout this process.

Emily Marin

Emily Marino, a Biological Sciences major from the College of Specialized Tutoring and a German minor from Grove City, Ohio, received a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship to conduct E. coli research in Germany.

I feel so honored to have received the grant,” Marine said. “It’s a great feeling to see your hard work recognized at this level and I hope I can be a good representative for OU and the United States. And I can’t wait to get back there. Germany. I have wanted to go back since I did an exchange in high school in 2018. And after a minor in German at OU, I look forward to putting my language skills to the test and hopefully improving them.

Julie S

Julia Schneider, a 2021 Honors Tutorial College History alumnus with a minor in political science from Stow, Ohio, was awarded a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship to teach English and American culture in Germany.

“My hard work and perseverance has paid off and I’m beyond thrilled to have earned this opportunity,” Schneider said. “I have long dreamed of living in a completely new place, speaking another language, learning from my environment and immersing myself in a new culture. I am proud to serve as an ambassador for my country and fulfill my long-held ambition to teach English abroad.


Nicholas Whitticar, a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in translational biomedical sciences at the Graduate College and graduate in biological sciences from Ohio University in 2017 from Strongsville, Ohio, received a Fulbright US Student Program scholarship to conduct research on diabetes in Germany.

I feel extremely fortunate to be awarded the Fulbright scholarship and grateful to the faculty who helped me write a competitive grant, especially my mentor, Dr. Craig Nunemaker and Dr. Chris Lewis from the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards” , said Whitticar. “I am increasingly excited to begin my research on stem cell-derived pancreatic islets while immersing myself in German culture.”

Kevin Lockett

Kevin Lockett, a 2021 College of Arts and Sciences alumnus in Spanish and World Studies: War and Peace, from Cleveland, Ohio, was awarded a grant through the Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad program to study Swahili in Kenya during the summer of 2022.

I am excited to continue my education in Kiswahili by studying abroad again in East Africa,” said Lockett, who previously studied abroad in Tanzania as a Boren Scholar. “My exposure to Swahili culture has so far been limited to Tanzania; however, the Fulbright-Hays Swahili Group Project Abroad will allow me to learn more about Swahili culture as it exists in Kenya. I want to thank God, my parents, the faculty and staff at Ohio University and Howard University, and my Swahili instructor, Mr. Edward Nnko, for making this opportunity possible.

Additionally, Maya Holcomb, a 2020 Tutorial College Honors Choreography and Dance Performance alumnus with a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, from Owensboro, Kentucky, received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship. to teach English and American culture in Taiwan.

Zachary Peri, a 2021 Honors Tutorial College English alumnus with a minor in political science, has been appointed as a substitute for a Fulbright US Student Program English teaching assistant position in South Korea.