Several students and alumni from Howard University and Morgan State University are continuing the institutional legacies of both institutions as prolific producers of Fulbright Scholarships, with four graduates and four students between the two schools headed to international destinations this summer for teaching and research fellowships.
Morgan State, the national leader among all historically black colleges in the number of students, alumni and faculty to receive Fulbright awards, will send two graduates as part of the program’s 2017-18 cohort of teaching ambassadors. From a release:
Morgan Graduates Earn Fulbright Scholarships to Teach in Malaysia – Morgan State University Newsroom
As one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars and the leader among all Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Morgan State University has positioned its students and faculty members to study and conduct research all over the world.
Morgan graduates, Shondrea McCargo, who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education, and Ashleigh Brown-Grier, who earned a Master of Arts in Teaching/Education Administration, were selected as back-to-back Fulbright recipients with English teaching assistant assignments in Malaysia. In 2016, from January through mid-November, Shondrea served in Pahang, Malaysia. She currently is back in the U.S. serving as a Fulbright Alumni Ambassador providing assistance to applicants interested in participating in the program, in addition to working on a book about her Fulbright experience and reflections on her time while in Malaysia. Ashleigh left to begin her Fulbright assignment earlier this year and will be serving in Marang, Malaysia until November. She is one of 98 English teaching assistants currently in the country.
Four students from Howard University and two alumni will conduct reasearch and teaching in Berlin, South Africa, Kenya and other nations.
Briana Applewhite, of Olney, Maryland, is a psychology major. She also is a biology, chemistry and German triple minor. Applewhite will be in Berlin, Germany, working on an independent project involving refugee integration into alternative coping mechanisms for victims of forced migration. She studied abroad in Berlin for the 2016-17 academic year and saw firsthand the need for assistance not only economically but emotionally as well. She has been selected for a Fulbright Research Award.
Wen-kuni Ceant, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, graduated with honors from Howard University with a Bachelor of Science in biology in 2013. Ceant, who is currently studying at Drexel University will be evaluating the implementation of a new healthcare prepayment system with experts at Institut Mère-Enfant in Kaolack (IMEK) in Senegal, with an eye toward refining and developing a model to facilitate greater access and care for patients. She has been selected for a Fulbright Grant Award.
Chiamaka Ikpeze, of Rochester, New York, graduated with honors from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology in 2016. Ikpeze will help with research, lesson plans and course presentation to improve English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills of students for whom English is a second language. She has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award.
Chelsea Nnebe, of East Brunswick, New Jersey, is a chemistry major who aspires to become a neurosurgeon. Nnebe will be in Germany identifying sub-clinical markers of cognitive deficiency in epilepsy. The purpose of her research is to allow doctors to be able to identify which epileptic patients may develop memory loss or other disorders before they show symptoms of cognitive deficiency. She has been selected for a Fulbright Research Award.
Jakiya Pyron, of Trenton, New Jersey, is a communications major. Pyron will be in Kenya doing peace work within the local community as well as partnering with the Kenya Justice Project in order further the project’s goal of educating rural communities in Kenya about the property rights granted to women under the 2010 Constitution of Kenya. She has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award.
Brittany Scott, of Nashville, Tennessee, is an economics major. Scott will be in South Africa working with students in secondary school. She will help with research, lesson plans and course presentation to improve English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills of students for whom English is a second language. She has been selected for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship award.