Three UNCG students, A’Isha Crawford, Pablo Diaz and Kayla Cavenaugh have won Fulbright scholarships that will carry them abroad for a year to continue their research.

“I am proud, but not surprised, to hear that three of our students have earned these prestigious scholarships,” said Chancellor Linda P. Brady.  “As Fulbright Scholars, A’Isha, Pablo and Kayla will venture to Malaysia, Spain and Austria for the cultural and educational experiences of a lifetime. Our students are truly reaching out across the globe, doing something bigger altogether.”

Crawford, a senior political science major with minors in sociology and Spanish, will graduate in May and spend 2014 in Malaysia. She will teach English in a rural primary or secondary school from January through November. Crawford received UNCG’s 2013 Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award for her service projects in New Orleans, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Peru.

Diaz will complete a graduate degree in nanoscience in May. A native of Colombia who double-majored in science and economics as an undergraduate, he will study at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain, from August 2013 through June 2014. He speaks Spanish, English, French, Portuguese and Italian.

“UNCG has taught me that being interdisciplinary and stepping outside my comfort zone gives me the best chance to grow,” Diaz said of his time at the university.

Cavenaugh will be heading to Austria to teach English. She majored in Art and German with a minor in English and plans to attend graduate school for creative writing. At UNCG she received a Student Excellence Award and the Outstanding German Major Award.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs,  was established in 1946. The Fulbright Program awards about 8,000 grants each year. Roughly 1,600 U.S. students, 4,000 foreign students, 1,200 U.S. scholars, and 900 visiting scholars receive awards, in addition to several hundred teachers and professionals. Approximately 310,000 “Fulbrighters” have participated in the program since its inception. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.