Recent Successes

Fulbright Awards for 2019-2020


Southern Methodist University is pleased to announce that Megan Brown and Megan Latoya have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards in Anthropology for the 2019-2020 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Narcy Negrete, majoring in World Languages and Accounting, has been named an Alternate to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain. Read more

Tyler Giallanza awarded a GOLDWATER SCHOLARSHIP

Southern Methodist University is pleased to announce that Tyler Giallanza has been awarded a Goldwater Scholarship. Tyler is a Computer Science major with a minor in Chinese. Next year he’ll be studying at Oxford for two semesters. Read more

Siddhakshi Solanki receives Boren and Gilman Awards for study in Senegal

Southern Methodist University is pleased to announce that Siddhakshi Solanki has been awarded a Boren Scholarship and Gilman Scholarship to study in Dakar, Senegal during Summer 2019. Siddhakshi is majoring in Biology and French, with a minor in Chemistry. While in Senegal, she will take a literature course that focuses on works by Francophone African authors. She will participate in French internship course, which will involve volunteering and translating in a clinical context. She will also take beginner Wolof classes (Wolof is a language spoken in Senegal, the Gambia, and Mauritania). Read more

Gilman Scholars for Summer 2019

SMU had three students awarded the Gilman Scholarship for study abroad in summer 2019. Seth Clarke and Claire Givens (Meadows) will be studying music in South Africa and Italy, respectively. Siddhakshi Solanki (Dedman: Biology and French) will be studying in Senegal. 

Benjamin Chi named 2019 Schwarzman Scholar

Ben was named a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar. He is the first SMU student to ever be awarded this honor. While on campus, Ben majored in health and society and biochemistry, helped found SMU’s first undergraduate research journal and served as vice president of SMU's East Asian Student Association. He assisted his fellow students as an honors mentor in Kathy Crow Residential Commons and sat on the University’s Honors Advisory Council. As an undergraduate, Ben also led Richter fellowship-funded research in China to study why rural-to-urban migrants known as the Nong Zhuan Fei were developing diabetes at an alarming rate. Learn more about Ben here.

Schwarzman Scholars complete a one-year master’s program in global affairs at Tsinghua University in Beijing, concentrating in public policy, economics and business, or international studies. The program is designed to build leadership and professional skills in future global leaders. Read more here.

Kenneth Martin selected for Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Peru

Kenny was selected for the 2018 Humanity in Action Fellowship program in Warsaw, Poland, and was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Peru. While at SMU, Kenny majored in music and English with a creative writing specialization. Editor of SMU’s Hilltopics honors magazine, Kenny also wrote for The Daily Campus newspaper, and competed with the SMU Ballroom dance team. Learn more about Kenny here.

The Humanity in Action Fellowship programs bring together international groups of university students and recent graduates to explore past and present examples of resistance to intolerance, with a goal of encouraging future leaders to be engaged citizens and responsible decision makers. Humanity in Action is an international educational organization headquartered in New York City. Read more here.

The Fulbright Program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Projects may include university course work, independent library or field research, professional training in the arts, independent projects in the social or life sciences, assistant teach English, or a combination of these or other projects. Read more here.

Rahfin Faruk awarded Marshall Scholarship to pursue degrees in the UK

Rahfin was awarded a Marshall Scholarship to pursue master’s degrees in development finance at the University of Reading and in comparative social policy at the University of Oxford. Rahfin graduated summa cum laude with majors in economics, political science, public policy and religious studies. While on campus, he was selected to serve as the voting student member of the SMU Board of Trustees. Rahfin also led the University’s student newspaper The Daily Campus and the Tower Center Student Forum, where students examine politics and public policy. In 2014 he was one of only 59 U.S. college students awarded a Truman Scholarship, which recognizes “change agents” who are committed to public service. Learn more about Rahfin here.

Marshall Scholars are future leaders selected to strengthen US-UK relations by completing graduate-level study in any field at an UK institution. Up to forty Scholars are selected annually. Read more here.