TAMPA — Five University of South Florida students have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships, a competitive international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government.
"In each case, the recipient is among a select few, and together they represent USF's first appearance at this top echelon of the Fulbright program," a USF news release says.
Zak Boggs, a USF graduate with a bachelor's degree in biomedical sciences and a master's in marketing, and Ryan Salazar, a senior honors college student majoring in music, received scholarships to study in the United Kingdom.
Charles Dillon Swift, another music major, will study in Germany. Trina Halfhide, a USF engineering doctoral student who has a background in environmental science, is going to Norway. Anthropology graduate student Anne Pfister will go to Mexico.
They are among more than 1,600 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year through the Fulbright program.
"This is another breakout moment for the University of South Florida and adds to a record of notable firsts this year," said Provost Ralph Wilcox. "Clearly, our strategic emphasis on student success has taken root and is bearing handsome results."
Earlier this year, USF learned that another of its students, Jean Weatherwax, received the prestigious Marshall Scholarship for postgraduate study in London. USF is also celebrating its first Udall Scholarship winner, Shaza Hussein — one of 80 undergraduate students in the nation, and the only one in Florida, to earn the $5,000 award.