Student Stories

 FGCU students deserve to compete for these life-changing opportunities and learn more about themselves and their academic disciplines in the process. 

Carolyne Mesa

Whilst, this office certainly pushed me to win the Fulbright, it also, and perhaps most importantly, gave me a platform to understand my capabilities, aspirations, and the impact I have as a first generation Cuban-American”

Carolyne Mesa, Honors College Alumna, has been selected as a Fulbright Finalist for the English Teaching Assistant Program to Uzbekistan. This is FGCU’s first Fulbright selection since 2016. 

 '19 Communication and Philosophy

Meet Carolyne

Alexander Marsh

Without these three amazing professors I wouldn’t be where I am at today and I most certainly would not have won the Goldwater. ”

Alexander Marsh, junior Honors College student, is one of FGCU's first two Goldwater Scholarship recipients

 '21  Biology

Meet Alex

Grace Anderson

Through Dr. Mirjafari's mentorship, I have been able to take part in many amazing opportunities and have achieved more than I had thought possible.  ”

Grace Anderson, sophomore Honors College student , is one of FGCU's first two Goldwater Scholarship recipients

'22 Chemistry 

Meet Grace

Rebekah Rodriguez

The OCF filled a hole at FGCU that we didn’t even know was there. ”

Rebekah "Becky" Rodriguez, junior Honors College student , is FGCU's first Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute recipient

'21 Psychology 

Meet Becky

Katherine Patterson in China

Even though the process of applying for a fellowship is demanding, I believe that the effort is worth it because I’ve been able to accomplish more than I thought I could. ”

Katherine Patterson, sophomore Honors College student , is FGCU's first Critical Language Scholarship Program Finalists 

'22 Biology 

Meet Katherine

Kristina Gusty

Dr. Terumi has allowed me to become a part of a community of students at FGCU where I feel comfortable and at home ”

Kristina Gusty, sophomore Honors College student, is FGCU's first student to be accepted into the Critical Language Institute Virtual Acquisition Program.

'22 Biology 

Meet Kristina

Mark Leone FGCU's first NOAA Hollings Scholarship recipient

The Office of Competitive Fellowships has made me aware of so many opportunities that I didn’t even know existed. OCF has quickly made itself known as an important asset to FGCU students.”

Mark Leone, ACE Program graduate,  is FGCU's first NOAA Hollings Scholarship recipient 

'22 Biology 

Meet Mark

Melissa Sutter

The support given by the Office of Competitive Fellowships is unparalleled in any other part of FGCU I have seen and helps dreams become reality.”

Melissa Sutter, sophomore Honors College student, was selected as FGCU's first David L Boren Scholarship for Japan

'22 Civil Engineering   

Meet Melissa

Roxana Ruiz

In the past year, I would say the OCF has been one of my most useful resources as a student at FGCU, and any other individuals would be fortunate to work with an office that strives to lift students to success. ”

Roxana Ruiz, sophomore Honors College student , was the first recipient of the newly established Office of Competitive Fellowships at FGCU, she was selected from a pool of over 200 applicants for the Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) service weekend program at Georgetown University.

'22 Economics

Meet Roxy

Spring Olivares

I'm confident now to create a career that will give back to those around me in an educational and well-rounded way using my past experiences and new dreams as my guide. ”

Spring Olivares, junior Honors College student, is part of the first cohort of 500 Gilman McCain's Award recipients from the United States with the program in its first year of existence.

'21 English 

Meet Spring