By Steven Viera || Senior Editor

As Commencement inches closer, a number of F&M students— a mix of seniors, underclassmen, and alumni— are the winners of several prestigious fellowships.

Morgan Kincade ’16, Gabrielle Woods ’16, and Benjamin Martin ’16 are the recipients of English Teaching Assistantships (ETAs) to Turkey, Mexico, and Germany, respectively, via the Fulbright Program. Three F&M students have been named as Fulbright Alternates, meaning that they will earn a spot in the program if another student does not accept it: Rachel Abramowitz ‘16, alternate for the Fulbright Academic Award to Denmark; Sarah Wheaton ‘16, alternate for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Turkey; and Emily Hawk ‘16, alternate for the Fulbright Academic Award to the United Kingdom. Additionally, one student won a UK Fulbright Summer Institute award.

AJ Koikoi ’16 won a Princeton in Asia Fellowship to Japan, and he discussed his accomplishment in this article. Christina Kapalko ’16 won a Teaching Assistant Program in France (TAPIF) fellowship, and Shuping Deng ’16 won a Critical Language Scholarship with Sheldon Ruby ’17 designated as an alternate.

Akbar Hossain ’13, currently working toward a law degree at the University of Pennsylvania, won a Paul & Daisy Soros Award, which grants $90,000 for graduate study. The award is for “New Americans,” and Hossain was born in Bangladesh and raised in Saudi Arabia until coming to the U.S. at the age of nine. Notably, during his time as an undergraduate at F&M, Hossain won a Truman Scholarship.

Monica Cable, director of post-graduate fellowships and scholarships, said that a number of students are still waiting to hear back from certain programs, so F&M may have more winners in addition to the students listed above.

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