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Release Date: Saturday, May 11, 2013 5:37 PM
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Howard University Awarded Five Fulbright Fellowships

WASHINGTON (April 26, 2013) – Howard University has been awarded five Fulbright fellowships this year. The 2012-2013 Fulbright class includes: Christine J. Williams (Germany), Matthew Wilcox (Peru), Brenda Duverce (Botswana), Megan Echols (Colombia) and Jon Brown (Bahrain).

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, a 2013 candidate for a Bachelor of Arts in 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 propel her on a path to becoming a teacher.

Matthew Wilcox, Megan Echols, Brenda Duverce, and Christine J. Williams are 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars

Matthew Wilcox, a 2013 candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, will spend his Fulbright year in Peru for an English teaching assistantship. He said he hopes the Fulbright award will bring him closer to Peruvian communities and teach him more about health and infectious diseases in the region.

Brenda Duverce, a 2013 candidate for a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, will travel to Botswana to study male and female sexual behaviors at the University of Botswana. She said the Fulbright experience would help her achieve a goal of attaining a career in international affairs.

Megan Echols, a 2013 candidate for a Bachelor of Architecture, will spend a year in Medellin, Colombia studying architecture’s role in the redevelopment of the city, the country’s second largest. She said the Fulbright experience would help her achieve her goals of attaining a career in international urban planning.

Jon Robert Brown, a 2013 Howard University candidate for a Bachelor of Science in Sports Medicine, will spend the upcoming year in Bahrain.



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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