Two Hispanic Studies Students Awarded the Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship

Professor and the students

Congratulations to Hollie Jones, Nursing and Hispanic Studies, and Eva Maldonado-Sanchez, Communication and Hispanic Studies, who have been awarded a Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship for the 2018-2019 cycle!

Prof. Rosa López-Cañete has supported Hollie’s and Eva’s study abroad dreams. We are very proud of their accomplishment – the applicant pool this year was very strong.

“The Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) has increased access to international education by granting a record-breaking 100 scholarships totaling $335,000 to US students consistently underrepresented in study abroad. The students come from a variety of racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds and represent higher education institutions across the country. FEA funds scholarships of up to $10,000 for study abroad, enabling students to study across the globe for a minimum of four weeks to a full academic year.
Including this year’s recipients, a total of 268 scholars, including minority, first-generation college and community college students, have benefited from over $1.3 million in scholarships granted since FEA’s inception in 2010. This year, 95% of the students are of minority backgrounds, and 91% are first-generation college students. Additionally, 33% of all the FEA scholars have a community college background.
The 2018 FEA scholarship winners were selected from a pool of over 2,300 applicants representing approximately 517 colleges and universities across the country. A team of 138 volunteer reviewers individually read and reviewed each application.”


Dr. Valko Receives Centennial Award for Excellence

Consol-ing Passions

Dr. Jennifer Valko, Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies, was part of a team of colleagues from the Department of English and Joyner Library that won the Chancellor’s Centennial Award for Excellence in recognition of Ambition for planning the 25th Annual Console-ing Passions International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism, and bringing it to Eastern North Carolina in July 2017. The Centennial Award for Excellence is one of the highest awards given to faculty at ECU.


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