Recent Recipients - Coastal Carolina University
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Boren Scholar

Madison Earl, Boren WinnerMadison Earl, a senior political science major in the HTC Honors College, was awarded a Boren Scholarship in 2022 to study Portuguese in Brazil.

The David L. Boren Scholarship helps U.S. students acquire language skills and experience in countries critical to the security and stability of the United States. In exchange for funding, Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for at least one year. 

Earl is the first CCU student to win the Boren Scholarship. 

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 CLS Spark Award Recipient
Annamarie Frankie Fulmer

Coastal Carolina University junior Annamarie “Frankie” Fulmer, of Lexington, S.C., was awarded the 2022 CLS Spark Award through the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program to study Mandarin. This is the inaugural year of this national competition. Fulmer, a student in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, is pursuing a major in languages and intercultural studies, focusing on Mandarin and German, and a minor in Asian studies.

For 11 weeks in Fall 2022 and 11 weeks in Spring 2023, Fulmer will participate in a virtual immersive language and cultural program through Dalian University of Technology in Dalian, China. Read more here.

 Critical Language Scholar

Arianna Trapp, CLS WinnerCoastal Carolina University alumna Arianna Trapp was recently awarded the Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Swahili in 2022.   

Trapp competed with nearly 4,600 students for the CLS, an eight to ten-week summer intensive language program to study one of 15 critical languages. She is one of one of 30 students to participate in the Swahili program. Due to the current health and safety situation, the Swahili institute this year is a virtual program.  

Trapp, a Georgia resident, graduated magna cum laude from the HTC Honors College in December 2021 with a Bachelor of Science degree in marine science and a minor in Spanish. Read more here.

Gilman Scholars

Recent Scholarship RecipientsRecent Scholarship RecipientsPictured: (top row - left to right) Berkleigh Macheras, Miles Tarullo, Destanee Timmons, Jason Orcutt, (bottom row - left to right) Grant "Cage" Mitchell, Jayme Carlson, Holly Mullins, Vanessa Venegas Soriano

Eight Coastal Carolina University students were recently awarded a total of $38,000 through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program to study abroad in countries such as the Bahamas, Italy, France, Scotland, Cyprus, Greece, and Taiwan.

The students awarded scholarships this cycle include:

• Holly Mullins, a junior from Baltimore, Md., who is an engineering science major. She is participating in the CCU faculty-led program Field Methods in Oceanography Data Analysis (Oban, Scotland) in Maymester 2022;

• Jason Orcutt, a junior from Conway, S.C., who is a visual communication design major. He is participating in the faculty-led program Coastal in Tuscany (Italy) in Maymester 2022;

• Vanessa Venegas Soriano, a senior from Conway, S.C., who is a languages an intercultural studies major. She will participate in the China National Language Program to Taiwan in Spring 2023;

• Jayme Carlson, a senior from Myrtle Beach, S.C., who is an art history major and a student in the CCU Honors program. She is participating in the CCU faculty-led program to Cyprus and Greece during Maymester 2022;

• Miles Tarullo, a senior from Louisville, Ky., who is a marine science major and a student in the CCU Honors program. He is participating in the CCU faculty-led program Biology of Sharks in the Bahamas during Maymester 2022;

• Berkleigh Macheras, a sophomore from Myrtle Beach, S.C., who is a marketing major. She will participate in the semester abroad program at Ecole Superieure du Commerce Exterieur (Paris, France) in Fall 2022;

• Grant (Cage) Mitchell, a senior from Longs, S.C., who is an applied physics major and a student in the CCU Honors program. He is participating in the CCU faculty-led program Field Methods in Oceanography Data Analysis (Oban, Scotland) in Maymester 2022;

• Destanee Timmons, a junior from Pineville, S.C., who is a languages and intercultural studies major. She will participate in the American Institute for Foreign Study program abroad in Cannes, France, in Summer 2022.

Read more here.

NASA Pathways Intern

Cage Mitchell, NASA InternGrant McCagerCage Mitchell, a junior in CCU’s Honors Program, was selected as a 2022 NASA Pathways Intern.  Students that are selected as part of the Pathways Program are considered for full-time employment with NASA once they graduate. 

He will focus on database development for life sciences research using ground microgravity simulation devices in comparison with space flight studies.

Cage is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in applied physics with a concentration in environmental physics, a minor in applied mathematics, and a certificate in sustainability. Read more here.

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Recipient

Grace McLewee, NSF REU WinnerGrace McLewee, from Fort Mill, SC, was accepted into an NSF REU program in 2022 at New Mexico State University. For 10 weeks this summer she will conduct research in the field of machine learning. 

McLewee is a sophomore computer science major and math minor. She has always liked coding and problem solving. Grace works as a grading assistant and plays on the Women’s Club Rugby Team.




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