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Three Tuskegee University Students Named Fulbright Semi-Finalists, Contend for Prestigious Award

March 29, 2017

Tuskegee, AL - Three students from Tuskegee University – Miriam Hammonds, C’17, Teriq’ Stegall, C’14, and Timmera Whaley, C’17 - have become Fulbright semi-finalists. As a result, each is one step away from attaining a grant, which would allow them to continue their academic pursuits abroad.

“It is exciting that three of our five applicants have advanced to the semi-finalist round,” says Dr. Rhonda Collier, interim director of the Tuskegee University Global Office and associate professor of English. “This is the first time that five students have applied for the award from Tuskegee. Such an achievement speaks to the quality of our students and their ability to compete on the national stage.”

"We are very pleased that these students represent our very best and brightest and honor their accomplishments thus far," says university president Brian L. Johnson, Ph.D.

Fulbright thumbnail imageThe Fulbright U.S. Student Program is designed to provide research, study and teaching opportunities through grants in over 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students.

Hammonds and Stegall applied for English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Programs through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The ETA programs enable award winners to join local English teachers in their respective countries to provide assistance through teaching the English language as well as communicating and representing American culture. Whaley a graduate student in Environmental Science with a concentration Geospatial Studies applied for the Fulbright Study/Research Grant. Students awarded the Fulbright Study/Research Grant design their own projects and will typically work with advisers at foreign universities or other institutes of higher education.

If selected, the students will not only work in their host country, they will also interact in other facets of life and day-to-day tasks. This immersion allows Fulbright award winners to develop a deeper understanding of the culture and beliefs of the people they’re staying with.

According to Fulbright, applicants who reach this stage will be notified if they have been selected, designated as an alternate or not selected between early March and late May, with dates to vary by country.

For more information on the Fulbright U.S. Student Program please visit

TU Students recommended by Fulbright's National Screening Committee
Miriam Hammond

Miriam Hammond

Applied for the Fulbright ETA Award to Rwanda

Miriam Hammond, C’17, is an English major with a minor in International Relations. After Fulbright, Miriam plans to earn advanced degrees in the fields of public policy and educational leadership to ensure children from underrepresented communities receive quality education. 
Tariq Stegall

Teriq’ Stegall

Applied for the Fulbright ETA Award to Taiwan

Teriq’ Stegall, C’15, a Peace Corp alumnus, completed his undergraduate degree in History at TU. He is currently the Educational Director at the Sparkman Holmes Boys & Girls Club in Huntsville, AL. After Fulbright, he plans to become an elementary school teacher.
Timmera Whaley

Timmera Whaley

Applied for the Fulbright Study/ Research Grant to Nigeria 

Timmera Whaley, C’17 is a Master’s Degree Candidate in Environmental Science. She is focusing her research on geospatial technology and environmental justice. She has traveled throughout Turkey, Israel and Japan to analyze the impact of environmental, political, and cultural processes on global issues. After Fulbright, she plans to obtain her PhD in Geoscience and start a career at NASA or as an independent research consultant for geospatial projects.


Special thanks to the Tuskegee University faculty who worked to advise individual applicants, review campus applications, and conduct preliminary review and campus interviews:

Rhonda Collier, Ph.D.
Interim Director of the Global Office, Associate Professor of English

Thierno Thiam
Associate Professor of Political Science & International Relations
Coordinator, International Affairs Minor

Channa Prakash
Dean of Arts and Sciences