More students have received competitive national fellowships for 2022-23 than at any time in the history of Wayne State.
The Office of Fellowships has been working overtime with students, with nine fellowships awarded to Warriors so far. They include Fulbright Student Program Awards, part of the flagship international academic exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs; Critical Language Scholarships and the Rangel Graduate Fellowship, both programs of the State Department; the Marshall Scholarship, funded by the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission in London, England; and the Boren Award, an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office within the U.S. Department of Defense.
Aaron Keathley lands WSU’s first-ever Marshall Scholarship worth $100,000
Senior Aaron Keathley made university history this year when he became Wayne State’s first-ever Marshall Scholarship recipient, receiving a $100,000 award for graduate studies in the United Kingdom. He is the only student in Michigan awarded in the 2023 class.
The Marshall Scholarship is one of the most highly competitive in the world and funds up to 50 students. This year, of 951 candidates, only 40 were selected.
Layali Awadallah to study Russian through Critical Language Program
Accounting student Layali Awadallah applied for the competitive Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), an immersive eight-week summer program through the U.S. Department of State that provides intensive instruction in 14 languages crucial to the United States’ engagement with the world and national security. Only 10% of more than 5,000 applicants received the award. Awadallah was one of them.
$25,000 Boren Award takes Gage Diaz to Jordan for a year to study Arabic
Gage Diaz was named a 2023 Boren Scholar and will spend the next year in Amman, Jordan, studying Modern Standard Arabic.
Boren Awards, an initiative of the Defense Language and National Security Education Office, focus on a wide range of languages critical to national security, such as Arabic, Chinese, Portuguese and Swahili. Awardees plan for careers in the federal government, frequently within the departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security and USAID.
Ibrahim Ahmad receives $100,000 Rangel Fellowship from State Department
Funded by the U.S. Department of State, about 45 Rangel awards were offered to 900 candidates. The $100,000 scholarship is one of the most exclusive in the country, paying for two years of graduate study and providing two internships, one on Capitol Hill and another at a consulate or embassy. At the end of the program, Ibrahim will be granted a position as a diplomat with the Foreign Service.