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Loyola University New Orleans Announces Fulbright Awards for 2022-2023

By Loyola University on Thu, 05/26/2022 - 13:27

5/23/2022 — Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to announce that alumni Sasha Solano-McDaniel and Zachary Dowling have received Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards for the 2022-2023 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. 

As Fulbright participants, Sasha and Zachary will study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the 2022-2023 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected in an open, merit-based competition that considers leadership potential, academic and/or professional achievement, and record of service. As Fulbright alumni, their careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed alumni, many of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 61 Nobel Prize laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 40 who have served as a head of state or government.

Sasha Solano-McDaniel is a Fulbright Finalist for a study/research grant in Italy. As she describes her project: “I was awarded the Fulbright-Casten Family Foundation Award to attend the University of Gastronomic Sciences (UNISG) for the academic year 2022-23. During this yearlong program I will earn a Master of Gastronomy: World Food Cultures and Mobility while studying in Pollenzo, Italy. This is an interdisciplinary program encompassing all aspects of food culture and includes various study trips as well as a 2-month international internship or research project.”

Zachary Dowling will be heading to Spain for an English Teaching Assistantship. He says: “I'm grateful and excited to be receiving a Fulbright grant to be an English Teaching Assistant in the Canary Islands! I'll be tasked with aiding schoolteachers in English immersion classrooms, constructing lesson plans, and most of all keeping the kids engaged and interested. Part of my responsibility will also be to create after school programs for the students I'll be teaching.”

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program.

Since 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants from over 160 countries the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright program is an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.  
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered at Loyola University New Orleans through the advisor for nationally competitive fellowships, Dr. Allison Edgren.  Loyola has twice in recent years been named a "Top U.S. Producer of Fulbright Scholars." 

For further information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State, please visit or contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Press Office by telephone 202-632-6452 or e-mail