Fulbright scholarship takes ASU honors student to Northern Ireland

May 24, 2013

Arizona State University student Thomas “TJ” Radigan has landed a prestigious scholarship to study abroad in Ireland, his ancestral homeland.

Radigan, who will enter his sophomore year as a student in the W. P. Carey School of Business and Barrett, The Honors College, has been chosen to participate in the 2013 Fulbright Summer Institute in the United Kingdom. He will spend a month at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland studying that country’s political, economic and cultural structures and its relationships within the UK and the rest of the world. The course he will take, titled “Understanding Ireland: Northern Perspectives,” will add a unique view to his economics studies and help him in his future endeavors. Thomas "TJ" Radigan Download Full Image

"My first hope is to gain a new understanding of the culture and history of the country of my ethnic origin. My great grandmother emigrated from Ireland, and since I am almost fully Irish, the opportunity to explore the history of my heritage excites me. I also hope to gain a new perspective on cultures outside of the U.S., with a particular eye for the similarities and differences in trade, markets and other economics-related matters,” Radigan said.

“I believe that what people buy and exchange says a lot about who they are, fundamentally, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to observe the similarities and differences and attempt to link these to cultural causes. Additionally, the leadership and ambassadorial experience associated with the experience will be valuable as I continue to take on leadership roles at ASU, including my upcoming role as a community assistant next semester,” he added. 

Radigan also expects that what he learns will apply to his long term goals.

“I know I want to use my knowledge of economics to contribute to the marketplace. I am currently considering applying to a master’s in economics program upon graduation from ASU, with the hopes of becoming an economist or market analyst for the government or a corporation,” he said.

Participating in the summer institute is the latest in a string of successes for Ratigan.

He is a National Merit Scholar and, while in high school, was involved in drama club and served as president of the math club, as well as unit captain for his school’s "We the People: Citizens and the Constitution" competitive team. He started his own business teaching guitar and piano, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts and graduated with highest honors as an AP Scholar with distinction. At ASU, Radigan is an editor for the Barrett Chronicle magazine and will serve as a residence hall community assistant in fall 2013.

The Fulbright Summer Institute is a program of the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission, the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholar program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field at any accredited U.S. or UK university. The commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. The commission is partially funded by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the UK and the U.S. Department of State, with additional support from individual and institutional partners.

Nicole Greason

Director of Marketing and Public Relations , Barrett, The Honors College


ASU students receive Gilman Scholarship for study abroad

May 24, 2013

Thirteen Arizona State University students have been awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, sponsored by the United States Department of State, to participate in a study abroad or international internship program during the summer 2013.

The Gilman Scholarship Program provides study abroad opportunities for university students in the U.S. who are receiving federal Pell Grant funds. Each student is awarded up to $5,000 to apply towards his or her study abroad program costs. Students who intend to study a critical need language can be eligible to receive a Critical Need Language Supplement of $3,000 for a total award of up to $8,000. Darice Harris Download Full Image

Award recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and must use the award to defray study abroad costs, including program tuition, room and board, books, local transportation, insurance and international airfare.

Darice Harris, a senior  majoring in Italian and a student at Barrett, The Honors College at ASU, will receive $4,000 to attend a language program in Castelraimondo, Italy.

“This scholarship is crucial in setting me up to fulfill my future goals,” Harris said, explaining that she envisions becoming an Italian interpreter for the U.S. Department of State.

Harris received assistance in applying for the scholarship from the Lorraine Frank Office of National Scholarship Advisement (LFONSA) housed at Barrett Honors College.

“It was absolutely essential that I got a lot of help and constructive feedback from the staff at LFONSA. It made the difference in my success. I feel very grateful for the one-on-one guidance,” she said.

In addition to Harris, 2013 Summer Gilman Scholarship recipients from ASU are:

Chancis Benjamin, a psychology and communications major, $2,500 for study in China

Morgan Brownlee, an English and Italian major, $2,500 for study in Italy

Jovi Burns, a biology and society major, $4,000 for study in Japan

Edlih Gallardo, a liberal studies major, $3,000 for study in Romania and Hungary

Jose Gomez, Jr., a global studies major, $1,000 for study in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Saul Holguin-De La Cruz, an anthropology major, $2,500 for study in India

Heather Ivery, a justice studies major, $8,000 for study in China

Brittany Laudermilk, a Chinese and marketing major, $3,000 for study in China.

Lilyanna Thompson, a global health major, $3,500 for study in Guatemala

Maxim Uskov, a psychology major, $3,000 for study in the Czech Republic

Benjamin Van Slate, a business global leadership major, $2,500 for study in the Czech Republic

Alycia Walsh, a biological sciences and global health major, $3,000 for study in India

The U.S. State Department’s Gilman Scholarship Program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go.

Since the establishment of the program by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000, more than 13,000 students nationwide have received this prestigious award.

“Study abroad is a special experience for every student who participates. Living and learning in a vastly different environment or another nation not only exposes our students to alternate views, but also adds an enriching social and cultural experience. It also provides our students with the opportunity to return home with a deeper understanding of their place in the world, encouraging them to be contributors, rather than spectators in the international community,” said  Congressman Gilman, who retired in 2002 after serving in the House of Representatives for 30 years and chairing the House Foreign Relations Committee.

The program is administered by the Institute of International Education www.iie.org.gilman. Recipients of the scholarship have the opportunity to gain better understanding of other cultures, languages and economies – making them more prepared to assume leadership roles within government and the private sector.

 “International education is one of the best tools for developing mutual understanding and building connections between people from different countries. It is critical to the success of American diplomacy and business, and the lasting ties that Americans make during their international studies are important to our country in times of conflict as well as times of peace,” said Allan Goodman, president and CEO of the Institute for International Education.

The Gilman Scholarship Program is one of many study abroad opportunities for which ASU students can apply. ASU students can study abroad through over 300 programs in more than 60 countries facilitated by the Study Abroad Office. More information on options is at http://studyabroad.asu.edu.

Nicole Greason

Director of Marketing and Public Relations , Barrett, The Honors College