Four from JMU win Fulbrights


SUMMARY: Two foreign language grads are among four JMU Fulbright winners this year.

Four James Madison University students and alumni have received recognition from the Fulbright US Student Program for the 2018-19 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Zachary Kotellos Gordon, 2018 Fulbright Grantee

Malaysia, English Teaching Assistant

Class of 2018, Arlington VA, Independent Scholars & Theatre majors, Honors Interdisciplinary Studies minor

Mary Margaret Hawkins, 2018 Fulbright Grantee

Colombia, English Teaching Assistant

Class of 2018, Rockingham VA, Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish) major, Honors Interdisciplinary Studies, Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Legal Spanish, Spanish-English Translation & Interpretation, TESOL Non-Licensure minors

Alice Cheng-Yan Tsai, 2018 Fulbright Grantee

Taiwan, English Teaching Assistant

Class of 2017, McLean VA, Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies major, Elementary Education minor

Haley Bryson Lawrie, 2018 Fulbright Alternate

Argentina, English Teaching Assistant

Class of 2017, Lynchburg VA, Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish) & International Affairs majors, Latin American & Caribbean Studies minor, Honors Scholar

These students will join over 2,000 US citizens to study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the 2018-19 academic year.  Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 380,000 participants with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation by the United States Congress to the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

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Published: Monday, April 16, 2018

Last Updated: Thursday, January 23, 2020

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