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Two Recent UI Graduates Receive Fulbright Awards

May 04, 2017

Two recent University of Idaho graduates are recipients of Fulbright awards this spring. 

Amaya Amigo graduated in May 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the College of Art and Architecture. She will use her award to spend 13 months pursuing a Master of Public Administration at SDA School of Management in Italy.

“I could not be more thrilled to embark on this journey,” Amigo said. “I aim to use the skills and knowledge I will gain from this master’s degree program to make appropriate decisions in management of cities and communities, not only striving for safety and security but also those facilitating the peaceful integration of refugees and migrants.”

Mary Ortman graduated in December 2016 with bachelor’s degrees in secondary education from the College of Education and Spanish from the College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences. Ortman will spend nine months serving as an English teaching assistant in Croatia.

“My Fulbright experience started with enthusiastic and unwavering support from my teachers, staff, friends and mentors at UI – my second family – right here in Idaho, my home,” Ortman said. “I am beyond fortunate to know such incredible and kind people who always have something new to teach me.” 

The Fulbright program is administered by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. It is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Nine UI faculty and staff members from across campus served on Fulbright committees last fall. These committees serve an important role in the process as they review all UI student applications, provide feedback to the applicants and complete a university endorsement form that is reviewed by national screening committees.

UI’s Honors Program assists current students and alumni with applying for distinguished scholarships like the Fulbright awards.

Amigo and Ortman are two of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens awarded Fulbrights for the 2017-18 academic year. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as records of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.

“Amaya and Mary are deserving candidates for a Fulbright and will serve as excellent ambassadors for the U.S. and for the University of Idaho in their selected countries,” said Holly LaHann, coordinator of distinguished scholarships in the University Honors Program. “While completing their undergraduate degrees at the University of Idaho, both Amaya and Mary excelled academically and had a strong record of service and leadership on campus and in the community. We are all proud of these students.” 

For more information about the Fulbright Program, go to

Media Contact: 
Holly LaHann
University of Idaho
Distinguished Scholarships Coordinator

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