LOUISVILLE, Ky. —A group of students and alumni from the University of Louisville will head to destinations across the globe as winners in competitive academic scholarships.

“Announcing these scholarships is one of the best parts of my job,” UofL President James Ramsey said. “It reaffirms that our students are just as talented and getting the same academic enrichment opportunities as those at the nation’s most elite institutions.”

Seven scholars earned U.S. Student Fulbright Awards. UofL has had 75 Fulbrights since 2003, more than all other Kentucky colleges combined. Of the seven awardees, one will conduct independent research and six will teach English during their time abroad; all will graduate this semester unless otherwise noted. They are:

  • Clayton Coleman, Allentown, Pa., philosophy, will teach in Cyprus
  • Meagan Floyd, Louisville, political science, will teach in Malaysia
  • Olivia Kaiser, Louisville, elementary education, will teach in Korea
  • Irma Kocer, 2012 graduate, Versailles, marketing, will teach in Bulgaria
  • Jonathan Sevy, Midway, accountancy, will teach in Macau
  • Rosslyn Steinmetz, Louisville, Spanish, Latin American and Latino studies and political science, will conduct research in Paraguay examining the roles and perceptions of female leaders in that country
  • Meagan Thurmond, 2012 graduate, Louisville, anthropology and sociology, will teach in Turkey

 Another four students who earned prominent awards for international study are:

  • Kristen Connors, Louisville, junior, Spanish and anthropology, will travel to Brazil as a David L. Boren scholar
  • Brett Covell, Skaneateles, N.Y., junior, biology, will travel to Oman as a Boren scholar
  •  Amanda Yee, Greenwood, Ind., graduating senior, anthropology, will spend a year in England pursing a master’s degree as a Mary Churchill Humphrey Memorial Scholarship winner. She is also awaiting final word on a Fulbright award to conduct research in Jordan.
  • Michael Zeller, Louisville, graduating senior, political science, will spend two years in Europe earning a master’s degree as part of an Erasmus Mundus scholarship

 The university previously announced that Madisonville junior Evan Shepherd was the only college student in Kentucky to earn a Harry S. Truman Scholarship and Louisville junior Surah Kannan was one of four Kentucky college students to earn a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

 Patricia Condon, who heads the National and International Scholarship Opportunities office, said: “It’s been another great season at UofL. Each of our award recipients brings something new and interesting to our growing network of nationally and internationally recognized scholars.

“The entire university community gets excited about this program. We have dozens of faculty, staff and students who are always on the lookout for promising students. This collaborative, university wide effort is one of the hallmarks of the University of Louisville’s dedication to academic excellence.”

REPORTERS AND EDITORS: More information on each scholar, including downloadable photos, can be found at www.louisville.edu/ocm/media/scholars2013

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