2021 Award Recipients

Fall Winter 2021 Issue

Luke Duceman ’18 of Danville, Pennsylvania, received his second Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for an English Teaching Assistantship in Costa Rica after his first was cut short by the Covid-19 pandemic. Prior to graduating with a degree in music education and a minor in Spanish, in 2016 he traveled to Costa Rica for his Global Opportunities program and worked with the organization Performing Arts Abroad, San José, studying Spanish and teaching music at a local after-school program.

Kailah Johnson ’23 of Towson, Maryland, was selected to participate in the Fulbright Summer Institute, one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating worldwide, this past summer. A creative writing major with a minor in publishing and editing, Johnson was selected from a strong applicant pool to explore how movements for social justice around the world have shaped cultures, with a focus on how racial justice and the legacy of slavery have impacted the world.

 Adriana Oelberg ’23 of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania, was awarded the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship by the U.S. Department of State — one of only several awarded in the United States. She is a double major in computer science and international business with a minor in German studies. The FAIT Fellowship provides students with tuition assistance, summer internships, mentorship and professional development to launch their careers in the U.S. Foreign Service as information management specialists.

Thirteen Susquehanna University students were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, giving them the opportunity to conduct some kind of international study or internship in 2021. Only about 25 percent of semester program applicants receive an award, which helps them gain a better understanding of other cultures, countries and economies and prepares them to assume leadership roles.

  • Deven Dancy ’22, a psychology major from New Columbia, Pennsylvania.
  • Kelly Dimarzio ’23, a psychology major from King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.
  • Gabrielle Fitzgerald ’23, a psychology and theatre double major from Dallas, Pennsylvania.
  • Hannah Graf ’23, an anthropology major from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
  • Samantha Heckler-O’Connor ’23, a triple major in creative writing, publishing and editing and German studies, from Boyertown, Pennsylvania.
  • Ashley Herring ’22, a biomedical sciences major from Freeland, Pennsylvania.
  • Abigail Hogan ’22, a biology major from West Chester, Pennsylvania.
  • Michael Levine ’22, a finance major from Manahawkin, New Jersey.
  • Marcellus Martin ’22, a business administration major from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.
  • Claire Mulkey ’22, a finance major from Lewistown, Pennsylvania.
  • John Pelaez ’22, a biomedical sciences major from Hazleton, Pennsylvania.
  • Natalie Santos ’22, a biomedical sciences and Spanish studies double major from Freeland, Pennsylvania.

Farrukh Nabiyev ’22, a physics major in the engineering program, was named a Newman Civic Fellow. Nabiyev, of Pikesville, Maryland, joins 212 students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., and Mexico for the year-long fellowship. Active in Susquehanna’s Student Government Association, he was recognized as a campus leader who demonstrates a commitment to finding solutions for challenges facing communities locally, nationally and internationally.

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