Six Appalachian State University Students named semi-finalists for the 2021-2022 Fulbright Student Program Award

Appalachian State University is pleased to announce that six undergraduate and graduate students have been named Fulbright U.S. Student semi-finalists from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as a record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

Five Appalachian State students have been selected as semi-finalists for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award (ETAs). Our semi-finalists have applied to become ETAs in Germany, Taiwan, and Spain. Recipients of the ETA award are matched with schools in their host countries ranging from kindergarten to university level. ETAs will teach and assist with English language classes and serve as cultural ambassadors in their schools and communities. 

One student has been selected as a semi-finalist for the Open Study/Research award in Argentina. Recipients of this award design their own research projects and work with advisors at universities in their host countries. 

As semifinalists, applicants have passed through the on-campus Appalachian State Fulbright Committee and the U.S. based National Screening Committee process and will now advance to the final round of selection with in-country Fulbright Commissions. Final selections will be made later this spring on a rolling basis from now until May. Congratulations to our semi-finalists for their achievements and good luck as you advance to the final round of selection! 

For more information about Nationally Competitive Scholarships at Appalachian State or about the Fulbright Program reach out to Dr. Scott Collier Faculty Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships or Johnna Reisner Assistant Director of Nationally Competitive Scholarships. Or visit


About The Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.  The program operates in over 160 countries worldwide and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 400,00 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit

About Nationally Competitive Scholarships
Nationally Competitive Scholarships (NCS) works with the Appalachian community to recruit and support students for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships, including those that support research, teaching and critical language learning. This is achieved with outreach, mentorship and advising throughout the entire application and selection process. NCS is committed to helping undergraduate and graduate students find ways to connect their Appalachian education to their future endeavors through scholarship opportunities.



Published: Feb 23, 2022 6:41pm