Five Loyola Marymount University graduates have earned Fulbright grants for study, research and English teaching assistantships in countries across the globe during the 2018-19 academic year.

The LMU graduates were selected from a group of 10 semi-finalists and represent a range of degrees from the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, the School of Education, and the Frank R. Seaver College of Science and Engineering. LMU’s Fulbright scholars are:

  • Andrea Castellanos, (special education, M.A. 2016): Spain
  • Jesse Jovel (history, B.A., 2012, education, M.A. 2014): Colombia
  • Nadine Iskandar, (political science, B.A., 2017): Belgium
  • Lauren Rowland, (liberal studies, B.A., 2018): Laos
  • Annie Strugatsky, (liberal studies, B.A., 2018): Indonesia

Another three LMU graduates were named alternates for the country programs to which they applied: 

  • Nicholas Ventigan (health and human sciences, B.S., 2018): Poland
  • Simone Wilson (psychology, B.A., 2016): South Korea
  • Xaida Wright (biochemistry, B.S., 2018): Poland

The students, selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their fields, are among more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and/or provide expertise abroad through the 2018-19 Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. It operates today in more than 160 countries.