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​​​Scholar Stories​

​Here are a few stories of Ohio State students who were the recipients of a national scholarship or fellowship.

Sarah Craycraft
Fulbright ETA, Bulgaria
During the 2013-2014, Sarah will be teaching English as a Fulbright ETA in the southeast Bulgarian town of Dimitrovgrad. Follow her Fulbright adventures at Buckeye in Bulgaria.

During her time at Ohio State, Sarah, an English and psychology double major, was active in the Mount Leadership Society scholars program, as well as the Appalachia graduate working group and the Appalachian Project, groups that focus on social justice issues facing the region, such as associated stigma and educational disparity. Her senior thesis combined her two fields of study in an i​nvestigation of narratives of mental healthcare professionals in Appalachia. Outside of the classroom, Sarah was a member of the nationally-ranked OSU women’s club ultimate disc team and a student assistant in the Department of English. She plans to apply for Teach for American after the Fulbright.​

Adam Kong
Fulbright ETA, Taiwan
Adam is a 2013-2014 Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Yilan County, Taiwan. He is chronicling his adventures on his blog, which you can check out here.

A 2013 graduate and Business Scholar with majors in international studies and Chinese, Adam has explored his interest in international relations through internships at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Mondokio International News, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies. He also served as a mentor with College Mentors for Kids and a rock climbing instructor at the Outdoor Adventure Center. In addition to receiving the Fulbright, Adam was named a 2012 Gilman Scholar and an Alternate for the Pickering Fellowship. He plans to pursue a career in the United States Foreign Service.

Mushtaq Dualeh
Gilman Scholar, India 
Last summer, Mushtaq studied at Manipal University through Ohio State's "Global May: Public Health Perspectives in India" program. A public health major and development studies minor, she has also been awarded a VanderMolen Asia Travel Fund scholarship and a College of Public Health Travel Award. In the future, she hopes to attain a Master's of Public Health and a PhD to further a career in health policy, epidemiology, and international development.

Mushtaq has chronicled her Gilman experiences--complete with pictures--on her Tumblr, Tales of a Dreamer.

Lauren Kowalik
Critical Language Scholar, Turkey
Senior Lauren Kowalik is an active member of the International Affairs Scholars program and has dedicated herself to two foreign languages, Spanish and Turkish. Her travels have taken her to numerous locations in the Western Hemisphere, including Europe, Mexico, Bolivia, and Peru.

Lauren spent summer 2012 in Ankara, Turkey, studying Turkish on a CLS. Read about her experience on her blog, Lauren: The Travel Bug.​

Adrienne Strong
​Fulbright, Tanzania
Originally from Lakewood, Ohio, Adrienne Strong graduated from OSU in spring 2010.  A biomed​ical sciences major and French minor, she discovered an interest in medical anthropology and a love for the country of Tanzania during her undergrad years. 

Adrienne secured Ohio State’s nominations for the Rhodes and Marshall Scholarships and applied for a Fulbright grant in 2009.  Although the first two awards did not prove fruitful, she was awarded a Fulbright to spend a year in Tanzania researching barriers to prenatal care and maternal health in the rural Singida Province.  While abroad on her Fulbright, Adrienne successfully applied for an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.  She is contemplating a ​PhD in medical anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis.  All of this started on a short mission trip to Africa after her freshman year. 

Read about Adrienne's adventures on her blog, which chronicles her year in Tanzania.