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Communication sciences student receives 2020-21 Fulbright U.S. Scholar award


Anastacia Badillo
Anastacia Badillo

Anastacia Badillo, senior communication sciences and disorders major from Coppell, Texas, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Badillo will serve as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Spain.

Badillo is one of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2020-2021 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

“We are incredibly proud of Anastacia and all of the other Fulbright applicants this year,” said Dr. Jason Morris, dean of the Honors College and director of the Office of Major Scholarships at ACU. “Anastacia worked very hard on her application and she is well prepared to make a significant impact with students in Spain.”

ACU has a long tradition of persons being awarded Fulbrights, dating back to the 1950s with fields of study representing education, English, journalism, management, music, physics, political science, recreation and the sciences.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

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