CAMDEN, NJ — The Fulbright Commission — which evaluates as many as 10,000 applications every year — has selected four Rutgers-Camden students as semi-finalists in the 2021-21 scholarship competition.

The semi-finalists include Cherry Hill resident Erica Westman, an undergraduate criminal justice major, who applied for an English Teaching Assistantship in Lithuania. 

“Earning a semi-finalist title is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Laura Collins, director of the office of scholar development and fellowship advising at the university. “While the application process is rigorous, Rutgers–Camden students are well-suited to compete among other top scholars. Our students’ civic mindedness and investment in global exchange are where they shine in this national competition.”

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The competition, which will announce roughly 2,000 winners in May, helps facilitate travel for students to conduct research and study abroad in more than 140 countries. 

All four Rutgers-Camden students belong to the Class of 2020.

The three other semi-finalists are as follows:

  • New York City resident Natasha Soto, a master of fine arts student, is a graduate of Bowdoin College who is a semi-finalist for a Study/Research and Fulbright-National Geographic Storytelling Fellowship in the Dominican Republic.

  • Scranton, Pennsylvania., resident Joelene Joinvil, a student in the graduate public policy program, who is a Susquehanna University graduate and a semi-finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in Colombia

  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma., resident Patience Williams, a master of fine arts student, is a graduate of Oklahoma City University who is a semi-finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship in the Netherlands

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