L-R: Hannah Touchton, Jeremy Ball, Dzemila Bilanovic, Hung Ryan Vuong. Not pictured: James Logan Zechella.

Germany. Switzerland. Malaysia. Colombia.

Those are the destinations in store for five UofL students and alumni who have earned 2017-2018 Fulbright Awards.

“We are so proud of our prestigious scholarship winners,” said UofL Interim President Greg Postel. “Our top scholar program really sets us apart from other institutions. It’s not just that it is so successful — which it is — but also because the entire campus community comes together to help and support these scholars during their academic journey.”

Since 2003 there have been 109 UofL Fulbright scholars, more than all other Kentucky public institutions combined. 

Logan Zechella
Logan Zechella

In the last decade, UofL has thrice been named as one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright winners by the Chronicle of Higher Education and, last year, had the highest success rate among U.S. research institutions.

UofL had 15 Fulbright winners last year, breaking its own record of 14 in a single year set in 2010 and 2011.

Patricia Condon, who heads the national and international scholarship program, said academically gifted students are increasingly coming to her office for advice and assistance because they have heard about UofL’s success in producing Fulbright awardees.

“It’s not unusual for high school students who are considering UofL to ask about our Fulbright, Truman, Goldwater or other scholars,” Condon said. “That kind of awareness is part of the momentum that drives a strong pipeline of prestigious scholarship candidates to our door.”

Those receiving 2017-2018 U.S. Student Fulbright Awards are:

  • Jeremy Ball, Manchester, graduating senior, political science, will teach in Malaysia.
  • Dzemila Bilanovic, Louisville, 2016 graduate, anthropology, will teach in Germany.
  • Hannah Touchton, Ashland, 2016 graduate, social work, will teach in Malaysia.
  • Hung Ryan Vuong, New Albany, Ind., graduating senior, biochemistry, will conduct research in Switzerland.
  • Logan Zechella, Alexandria, graduating senior, biology and Spanish, will teach in Colombia.

The university previously announced that Judson Adams won Kentucky’s only Truman Scholarship.

For more on the Fulbrights, visit the scholar website and check out the video below.