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Five students receive Fulbright semifinalist honors for 2024-25 cycle

Five Liberty University students have been selected as semifinalists in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program this year, opening the door for them to potentially receive competitive grants to research and study internationally during the 2024-25 academic year.

This year’s semifinalists and their intended research locations are: history student Sadie Deshon (Slavic Republic), social studies education student Asha Gillette (Colombia), English student Sophia Jantomaso (Argentina), TESL and Spanish student Olivia Mott (Turkey), and business administration and pastoral leadership student David Walker (Cambodia).

Each semifinalist applied to teach English in their countries of choice. Finalists will be selected and announced later this spring by the Fulbright Commission in each respective country.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is the largest U.S. exchange program for students, graduates, and young professionals. The program offers opportunities for international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The U.S. Student Program currently awards approximately 1,700 grants annually to engage in all fields of study, research, or teaching assistantships and operates in more than 135 countries worldwide.

Application for the 2025-26 cycle will open in April. For more information, visit the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and the Fulbright U.S. Student Program or contact Associate Professor of Government Edna Udobong, Liberty’s Fulbright Program advisor and scholar liaison, at eudobong3@liberty.edu.

Olivia Mott
Sophia Jantomaso
Asha Gillette
Sadie Deshon
David Walker
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