Four Valparaiso University Seniors, Alumni Named Fulbright Semifinalists

March 9, 2021 – Valparaiso, Indiana – The Fulbright U.S. Student Program has announced its semifinalists for the 2021–2022 academic year, and four Valpo students and recent alumni have advanced to this competitive stage in the grant process.

Each semifinalist is hoping to teach English and engage in cross-cultural service and exchange in communities around the world.

“It is exhilarating to see the perseverance and hard work of these exemplary Valpo students and alumni recognized by the Fulbright program,” said Eric W. Johnson ’87, Ph.D., interim provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. “Moving forward to the semifinalist round is an outstanding accomplishment, and I am confident these talented young scholars will continue to succeed in their academic and professional endeavors. These individuals embody the Valpo values of service and leadership.”

The 2021 Valparaiso University Fulbright semifinalists are:

  • Quincy Bullmer-Crosswhite ’20, Christ College scholar with majors in German and global service and minor in humanities, Fulbright semi-finalist for English Teaching Assistantship to Germany
  • Anna Corner ’20, French and international economics and cultural affairs major, Fulbright semi-finalist for English Teaching Assistantship to France
  • Jenna Johnston ’21, Christ College Scholar with majors in environmental science and biology and minors in geography and Spanish, Fulbright semi-finalist for English Teaching Assistantship to Costa Rica
  • Jacob Scarbrough ’21, German major with a minor in English, Fulbright semi-finalist for English Teaching Assistantship to Germany

Numerous Valparaiso University students and alumni have received Fulbright grants. Last year Valpo had five finalists and one alternate, and in the past 16 years, 42 Valpo students and alumni have been named Fulbright finalists.

“This year’s semifinalist cohort is a striking reflection of the power of our Study Abroad and world languages programs at Valpo. Every one of these students and alumni spent an immersive and transformative semester or year abroad, and they have all studied their respective languages and cultures in depth as Valpo students,” said Anna Stewart, Ph.D., assistant dean of Christ College — The Honors College and Fulbright program advisor. “They reflect the very best of Valpo’s ethos around academic excellence, leadership and service.”

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 390,000 participants — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns in more than 140 countries.