Two Fox Chapel Area Grads Awarded Fulbright Scholarships
Two 2011 Fox Chapel Area High School graduates were named Fulbright Scholars and have been studying abroad. Sam Gonzales and Jeffrey Good both received Fulbright Scholarships.
Sam received a 2016-2017 Fulbright Scholarship to continue his study of Chinese languages at the University of Yunnan in Kunming. He is currently conducting research on the history and culture of the Yi minority group. Sam is now in Harbin, Heilongjiang province participating in a three-month intensive language program to prepare him for his 10-month long research in Kunming, Yunnan province. Sam is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh with a dual major in history and Chinese. He was born and raised in Sharpsburg and attended Kerr Elementary School.
Jeff is currently in Indonesia studying the impact on industrial pollutants on two species of fish that are important both culturally and economically to the Indonesian aquaculture. These species of fish are often eaten by the Indonesian people, but their consumption has led to sickness and health concerns. He is working on a 12-month research project that is slated to finish this September. He has also been immersed in learning the Indonesian language, Bahasa. Jeff is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in marine science. He attended Kerr Elementary School for kindergarten-third grade, and Fairview Elementary School in grades four and five.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides nationally-funded grants that allow students to conduct research abroad for one year for individually designed study/research projects. Candidates spend up to one full year in a participating country outside of the U.S. During that time, Fulbright Scholars meet, work, live with, and learn from the people of the host country. The Fulbright Scholarship is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the world and it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.