Fulbright grant for Abu Dhabi varsity student

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Fulbright grant for Abu Dhabi varsity student

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

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Published: Fri 22 May 2015, 1:10 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 7:51 PM

Abu Dhabi — An NYU Abu Dhabi student has been awarded a Fulbright grant to research agriculture in Brazil upon graduation. Matthew French, 22, from Massachusetts, US, is one of over 1,900 US citizens who will travel abroad for the academic year 2015-2016 under the Fulbright US Student Programme.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.

Matthew FrenchFrench, who majored in social research and public policy, will travel to Brazil immediately after graduation and begin a year of study at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte while conducting research on drought control effectiveness in rural Minas Gerais.

French said: “Fulbright is not only important to me because it gives me the chance to represent my country by studying and researching abroad, but also because I see it as an extension of the core values that I have come to appreciate at NYU Abu Dhabi. Once again, I’ll have the chance to learn about the world by diving right into it, exploring a new place and new people through scholarship and immersion. I could not be more grateful.”

French is one of a handful of soon-to-be graduates who translated four years in Abu Dhabi into prestigious, global academic scholarships, awards, and grants to continue their studies and research.

Mastewal T. Terefe, who studied social research and public policy and political science, from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has been awarded The Louis Dreyfus-Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme supporting outstanding postgraduate students from emerging economies throughout Africa, Asia and South America to study at Oxford University.

Three students from the class of 2015, Brooks Fowler, Benjamin Jance IV, and Kimberly Kathleen Rodriguez received the NYU President’s Service Award recognising the distinguished achievements of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and student organisations for their promotion of learning, leadership, and quality of student life at New York University.

Xinshi Ji, who studied Economics, Finance/Mathematics, has received the William R. Berkley Scholarship, that supports exceptional college seniors who wish to pursue their full-time MBA at NYU Stern directly following graduation.

These awards follow two significant scholarships previously announced. Last month, students Arfa Rehman and Hamel Al Qubaisi were named 2015 Rhodes Scholars for the United Arab Emirates and will be attending Oxford University for their graduate studies from September onwards.

The award winners are among the 141 students from 53 countries who will graduate from NYU Abu Dhabi on May 24 during the Uuniversity’s second commencement exercises, to be held at the Saadiyat Island campus.


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