Scholarship and Fellowship Wins Take Dartmouth Students Around the Globe


Dartmouth students and young alumni have gained recognition from a number of agencies and organizations that sponsor prestigious scholarships and fellowships for study abroad. Nine were awarded Fulbright fellowships. Read more about the winners and their projects below.

Dartmouth’s newest recipients of nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships include, from left, Chris Zarbock ’12 (Fulbright), Ruben Hurst ’12 (Boren Scholarship), Amanda Lee ’12 (Fulbright), Blaine Johnson ’13 (Critical Language Scholarship), Claire Kim ’13 (Critical Language Scholarship), and David Dulceany A&S Adv ’10 (Fulbright). (photo by Eli Burak ’00)

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools in over 155 countries worldwide.

Three members of the Class of 2013 were named to the Critical Language Scholarship Program, a program of the U.S. Department of State, which provides support for summer language study aboard. Two students, winners of the fall 2011 Gilman Scholarship competition, also sponsored by the State Department, are currently studying abroad as supported by their awards. Dartmouth also had one student each acknowledged by DAAD, the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation, and the Boren Scholarship, funded by the National Security Education Program, which awards scholarships for the study of geographic areas, languages, and fields of study deemed critical to U.S. national security.

Earlier this year, three Dartmouth students were honored by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation. Jason Curley ’13 was one of 80 students nationwide to be awarded a Udall Scholarship, and Nicole Kanayurak ’13 and Montana Wilson ’13 were two of 50 honorable mentions. Emma Smith ’13, an anti-genocide activist with special concern for Sudan, has been awarded a Truman scholarship to support her graduate studies after Dartmouth, and Marissa Lynn ’13 and Andrew Zureick ’13 won Goldwater scholarships, which support the next generation of highly qualified scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

For more information on these and other programs, see Dartmouth’s National Scholarships/Fellowships website.


Jacob Batchelor ’12Hometown: Erie, Pa. Major: English and creative writing What’s next: An English teaching assistantship in Malaysia

David Dulceany Adv ’10Hometown: Chicago, Ill. Graduate studies: Masters in comparative literature What’s next: Researching in Romania the cultural and diplomatic relations between communist-era Romania and Cuba

Muhammad (Mac) Elatab ’09Hometown: North Haledon, N.J. Major: Government (International Relations); minor in Russian Area studies What’s next: Studying sovereign wealth funds and frontier markets in Kazakhstan

Michael Gillis ’12Hometown: Falmouth, Maine Majors: English and cognitive science What’s Next: Teaching English in South Korea

Amanda Lee ’12Hometown: Great Neck, N.Y. Major: History What’s next: An English teaching assistantship in Thailand

Derek LeeGraduate studies: PhD program, ecology and evolutionary biology What’s next: Biological research in Tanzania

Christopher Zarbock ’12Hometown: Menomonie, Wis. Major: Biomedical engineering sciences, AB; engineering sciences with a concentration in biotechnology, bachelor of engineering. What’s next: Molecular biology research with a focus on protein engineering, at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Germany

Critical Language Scholarship Program

Blaine Johnson ’13Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio Major: Anthropology (modified), international studies minor What’s next: Studying Mandarin in Shanghai, China

Claire Kim ’13Hometown: Rockville, Md. Majors: Government and History modified with Russian What’s next: Language study in Vladimir, Russia

Boren/NSEP Scholarship

Reuben Hurst ’12Hometown: Dallas, Texas Majors: Government and economics What’s next: Taking classes and studying anti-poverty policy in Sao Paulo, Brazil


Andrew Finch-Craver ’13Hometown: Seattle, Wash. Major: Geography modified with economics Scholarship study: Issues of gender and sexual identity in India.

Emily Goodwin ’14Hometown: Tulsa, Okla. Majors: Biology and environmental studies Scholarship study:  Hyderabad, India

The following individuals declined awarded fellowships in order to accept alternate opportunities: Kelsey Carter ’12 (Fulbright); Nicole Yunger Halpern ’11 (Fulbright); Christopher Zarbock ’12 (DAAD declined, to accept Fulbright); Michael Burbank ’13 (Critical Language Scholarship Program).

Update September 2012

Fulbright: Sasha Earnheart-Gold ’04Hometown: San Francisco, Calif. Major: Senior Fellow What’s next: Fulbright Research Grant—“Mongolian Sovereignty and Security in a Complex World,” focused on natural resource extraction in the country, particularly transnational issues related to China.
Kelly Sundberg Seaman