Five Wake Forest students and alumni awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Five Wake Forest students and alumni have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to teach English and conduct research during the 2021-2022 academic year.  

The Fulbright US Student Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program, offering research study and teaching opportunities in over 160 countries. The Fulbright award is designed to facilitate cultural exchange and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. 

Among this year’s winners from Wake Forest, 3 were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships and will teach English in countries around the world. Two were awarded Fulbright Study/Research grants.

  • Fiona Burdette (‘21)  will conduct Egyptology research in Germany
  • Anthony DeVincentis (‘21) will teach English in Spain
  • Danielle Medina-Hernandez (‘18, MS ‘19) will conduct medical sciences research in Spain
  • Lilian Nassif (‘21) will teach English in Argentina
  • Rachel Willis (MA ‘21) will teach English in Germany


  • Jackson Maradik (‘21) will teach English in Austria through the Austrian U.S. Teaching Assistant program
  • Meghan Pressimone (‘21) has been named a Fulbright alternate to conduct medical sciences research in Spain

The awards are announced on a rolling basis, determined by the host country. This list is current as of May 19.

The Fulbright Scholarship application process is open to Wake Forest seniors, alumni and graduate and professional students. Thirty-five nominations were made by Wake Forest this year. Those interested in applying for a student Fulbright Scholarship should visit the Scholars Program website or reach out to the Faculty Director for Fulbright, Alyssa Howards.

For more information about the Fulbright Student Program, visit

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