Two Rutgers Students Honored With Fulbright Awards

Fullbright Award for Rutgers McNair Scholars

The two students at Rutgers University – New Brunswick have been selected as recipients of the J. William Fulbright Award to Brazil. This is an exceptional achievement to receive such a prestigious award is profound for students within Student Access & Educational Equity, a unit within the division of Undergraduate Academic Affairs that identify as low-income, first-generation, and historically underrepresented.


Diego Atehortua Diego Atehortua, a senior Art History major and Latin American Studies minor, is a Ronald E. McNair scholar and School of Arts and Sciences EOF scholar, who has dreamed to become an Art Historian. He is a recipient of the 2017 Beinecke Scholarship, research tirelessly with supportive faculty member, Dr. Tatiana Flores, and has presented at conferences across the country. It is his ambitions to succeed toward the greatest heights, in loving memory of his father, who passed just before his first-year college start, and family.


Michelle Arias, a senior Ecology, Evolution and Natural resources major and Portuguese minor, is a Ronald E. McNair scholar, Student Support Services, LSAMP scholar, and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences student that has always embraced traveling, research, and field work. She was a recipient of the SEBS George H. Cook Scholars Program scholarship, traveled nationally and internationally (i.e. South America, Indonesia) to conduct service work, and research field work with animals and natural environment. Michelle Arias


The award includes one full academic year, round-trip transportation, living costs, and some health benefits to conduct projects that may include independent research, field work, teaching English as a foreign language, community service, or a combination of all. Funded by the U.S. Congress and contributors from partner countries and private countries.