11 Tars Selected as Semifinalists for Fulbright Scholarship

February 23, 2024

By Jessica Firpi ’11

Meet the semifinalists and discover where in the world these 11 global citizens might be headed.

Rollins students on a field study in Kenya
Photo by Scott Cook.

The Fulbright Program has recently announced its list of semifinalists for the 2023-24 scholarship, and 11 Rollins students and alumni have made the cut.

For more than 75 years, the Fulbright Program, which was created under the Truman administration in the wake of World War II, has stood as the U.S. government’s flagship educational exchange program, with more than 400,000 participants who have served in 160 countries across the globe. Fulbright winners pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad—experiences that often launch them into further postgraduate study, additional fellowships, or high-profile job opportunities that require culturally competent representatives of the United States.

Recently named a top producer of Fulbright Students for the 11th time, Rollins received its first Fulbright in 1951 and has since produced nearly 100 award winners, with 65 of those named since 2006. That number is a testament to Rollins’ emphasis on global citizenship as a tenet of its signature brand of liberal arts education.

2023-24 Fulbright Semifinalists

Enrique Alberti ’23

  • Majors: Philosophy and music
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: English Teaching Assistant (ETA), Greece

Peyton Connor ’24

  • Major: History
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: ETA, Spain

Madelyn “Maddy” Dewitt ’23

  • Major: Biology
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: Research on access to tuberculosis care in low-income farming and fishing communities, partnering with an assistant professor from the Institute of Biology, College of Science at the University of Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines, as well as the Philippine Tuberculosis Society (PTSI), a private NGO

Alise Fortune ’24

  • Majors: Philosophy and psychology
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: Master’s program in social sciences and law, equality studies, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland

Liam King ’24

  • Major: History
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: Master’s program in queer history, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

Adam Lahlou ’24

  • Major: International relations
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: Research on Tamazight language reforms and democracy, Al Akhawayn University, Fes University, and Institut Royal de la Culture Amazigh, Morocco

Rivers Lenholt ’24

  • Major: Philosophy
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: Master’s program in philosophy, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Leah Sandler ’15

  • Major: Studio art
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: Art project, “A Center for Post-Capitalist History Mockumentary on Rugged Individualism,” Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne, Australia

Ferah Shaikh ’24

  • Majors: Mathematics, philosophy, and classical studies
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: Master’s program in global health, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada

Emmy Shouse ’24

  • Majors: English and art history
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: ETA, Slovakia

Eve Wasil ’24

  • Majors: Psychology and Asian studies
  • Prospective Fulbright assignment: ETA, Taiwan
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