Fulbright U.S. Student Awards

The Fulbright Scholarship is one of the most prestigious nationally competitive awards. This merit-based award provides funds for U.S. citizens to study, conduct research, or teach overseas for a year to increase mutual understanding among the people of the United States and those of other countries.

Award Recipients - 2016

emmaKristina Angeles, SSH’15, human services and international affairs combined major, social entrepreneurship minor

As a Fulbright research fellow, Kristina plans to study the impact of social entrepreneurial activity on Jordan’s Gaza refugees, a potentially valuable pool of untapped human capital for Jordan’s economy. She’ll examine how their fledgling businesses affect their ability to increase income, assets, and other resources necessary to improve their economic position and security. This research will also provide concrete suggestions on how partners can support Jordan’s socioeconomic position for U.S.-Middle East relations. Since graduating, Kristina has worked as assistant director of programs at Northeastern’s Social Enterprise Institute.

Kelsey BurhansKelsey Burhans, SSH’16, international affairs and economics combined major

A 2015 co-op with a Bolivian nonprofit organization that seeks to improve social and economic outcomes fueled Kelsey’s interest in financial equity. With the Fulbright scholarship, Kelsey will conduct research in Bolivia and Peru into variables that help or hinder financial inclusion programs in the Andean region. Her goal is to better understand why initiatives such as microcredit, community savings, and lending groups fail or flourish in remote, disadvantaged areas. “I hope to generate insights that can improve the way low-income communities access financial services,” she says.

emmaEsther Laaninen, SSH’16, human services and international affairs combined major

Preventing youth violence and improving educational outcomes in conflict-ridden communities is Esther’s scholarly focus. From Roxbury, Massachusetts, to a remote village in Nicaragua, Esther has used dance, art, and writing to teach conflict resolution to at-risk youth. She has learned to think on her feet and abandon meticulously planned curricula in favor of lesson plans that engage and excite students. For her senior capstone, Esther researched urban violence intervention and social capital in Colombia. She will use the Fulbright scholarship to teach English and violence prevention to young students in Colombia.