Seven University of Nebraska-Lincoln students earn Fulbright WE Student Program Award for the 2022-23 academic year. Another student was named alternate and three were named semi-finalists.

The Fulbright program, the WE the government’s flagship international educational exchange program, is supported by an annual Congressional appropriation to the WE Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the Department of State, as well as partner nations around the world.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from more than 160 countries with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research; to exchange ideas; and contribute to finding solutions to common international concerns. Fulbright recipients are selected through an open, merit-based competition that considers leadership potential, academic and/or professional achievement, and service record.

Six students from Nebraska have been offered English teaching assistant internships to support the teaching of English in the classroom and serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States. In addition, student Laura Jensen has been offered a unique scholarship in Austria, the Community-Based Combined Award, which includes teaching English, university courses and voluntary non-profit work in the community. of reception.

Below is a list of students who have been offered Fulbright scholarships, organized by hometown, with their academic major(s), the country where they will be teaching and/or studying, and the type of Fulbright scholarship.


  • Hasting: Spencer Tessman, German and Spanish, Germany, English teaching assistant
  • The Vista: Joanna Walton, German, Germany, English teaching assistant
  • Lincoln: Laura Jensen, secondary English (7-12) and German, Austria, Community-Based Combined Award; Adrian Pilkington, Software and French Engineering, France, English Teaching Assistant
  • Ogallala: Celie Knudsen, English (Masters program), Spain, English teaching assistant
  • West Point: Leigh Jahnke, Biological Sciences and Spanish, Spain, English Teaching Assistant

Somewhere else

  • Des Moines, Iowa: Sarah Brady, music and microbiology, Poland, English teaching assistant

Former student Gregory Tracey from Omaha, who studied global studies and economics, was appointed as a substitute for a position as an English teaching assistant in Uzbekistan.

Additionally, three recent Husker students and alumni have been recommended to host nations for funding and recognized by the WE National Selection Committee as semi-finalists. They are:


  • Herman: Luci Anderson, History, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, and Classical and Religious Studies, Iceland, Study/Research
  • Hickman: Elizabeth (Ellie) Woody, Spanish and Political Science, Spain, English Teaching Assistant
  • Omaha: Andrew Neill, Geography and Global Studies, Azerbaijan, English Teaching Assistant

In Nebraska, the Office of National and International Scholarships advises and nominates undergraduate applicants for 30 supported scholarships and fellowships. For more information, students and members of the campus community can contact Courtney Santos, Director of National and International Scholarships, at [email protected]