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Release Date: Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:16 PM
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Howard University Awarded Six Fulbright Fellowships


WASHINGTON (May 16, 2013) – For the second consecutive year, Howard University has been awarded six Fulbright fellowships this year. The 2013-2014 Fulbright class includes: Christine J. Williams (Germany), Matthew Wilcox (Peru), Brenda Duverce (Botswana), Megan Echols (Colombia), Jon Robert Brown (Bahrain), and Marva Mercedes Dixon (South Africa). This is the highest number of Fulbright fellows in a single year.

The Fulbright Fellowship Program’s mission is to increase understanding between the United States and foreign countries. The national grant, funded by the U.S. Department of State, allows U.S. citizens or permanent residents to engage international communities through research and study or by teaching English abroad after earning bachelor degrees. Grants cover travel and living costs for the academic year and necessary tuition at overseas universities.

Christine J. Williams (B.A. ‘13), who studied English, was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in Germany. Williams, whose mother is German, said she expects the Fulbright experience to help her improve her German language skills and prepare her for a career in teaching.

Matthew Wilcox, Megan Echols, Brenda Duverce,Christine J. Williams and Jon Robert Brown (not pictured) are 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars

Matthew Wilcox (B.S., B.A. ‘13), who studied biology and Spanish, will spend his Fulbright year in Peru for an English Teaching Assistantship. Wilcox also plans to learn more about Peruvian culture as well as health and infectious diseases in the region.

Brenda Duverce (B.A. ‘13), who studied political science, will travel to Botswana to study male and female sexual behaviors at the University of Botswana. Duverce plans to pursue a career in international affairs.

Megan Echols (B.Arch ‘13) will spend a year in Medellin, Colombia, the country’s second largest, studying the role of architecture in the city’s redevelopment. She said the Fulbright experience would position her into a career in international urban planning.

Jon Robert Brown (B.A. ’13), who graduated magna cum laude and studied sports medicine, will spend the upcoming year in Bahrain studying behavioral and cultural factors that may contribute to increased risk of non-communicable diseases. Brown grew up in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, before coming to the United States for college.

Marva Mercedes Dixon (B.A. ‘11), who studied philosophy at Howard, was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship in South Africa. In May, Dixon graduated from Arizona State University with a Masters in Secondary Education. She resides in Phoenix where she teaches social studies to seventh graders.



Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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