April 19, 2011

JCU senior wins prestigious Fulbright Award

Roberto (JR) Santosdiaz, Jr. ’11, graduating senior and double major in East Asian Studies and Economics, has won a highly competitive 2011-2012 Fulbright Award to teach English for a year in South Korea, starting in July.

The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is sponsored by the U.S. State Department. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

Roberto, from Carol Stream, Illinois, has also received achievement awards in both of his majors, including the Joseph & Nina Bombelles Award in Economics (2010 and 2011), the Michael J. Lavelle, S.J., Scholarship through the economics department (2010), and a Hispanic Scholarship Fund award through the MassMutual Program for future business leaders.

The Joseph & Nina Bombelles Award is based on meritorious achievement and involvement in international, environmental, global economic affairs, and financial need. The award includes $550 towards the reduction of tuition or student loan commitments. The Michael J. Lavelle, S.J., Scholarship is for meritorious scholastic achievement and demonstrated financial need.

Roberto also is a Hispanic Scholarship Fund recipient through the MassMutual Program for future business leaders.