Three students at the University of South Dakota have been
awarded J. William Fulbright scholarships, one of the most
prestigious academic awards in the world. The program
recognizes top students and provides opportunities for
advanced study, research and teaching.
West Lafayette, Ind., is completing her
Ph.D. in English at USD. Baker will travel to Romania to
expand and enrich her knowledge of that nation’s political
unrest during the 1990s and the related crisis regarding
children and orphans. She plans to write a novel about this
Rio Ricos, Ariz., is completing her
M.A. in political science. She will travel to Germany to
further her knowledge of that country, including building
her skills as a German speaker and as a teacher of English
to Germans. Carlson intends to pursue a career in the U.S.
Frederick, S.D., is an undergraduate
with a double major in criminal justice and political
science. Helland will use her Fulbright award to travel to
South Korea and study the democratic transformation
happening there. Her goal is to become a teacher.
Since 1951, 36 USD students have been awarded
Fulbright scholarships, and this year’s three winners marks
the most in any single year since 1957.
“Having three Fulbright winners at the university in a
single year is extraordinary,” said USD President James W.
Abbott. “This level of recognition to our student scholars
reflects the dedication of our university and its faculty to
academic achievement. I am very proud of the winners,
and I congratulate and commend them for their successes
Holly Baker, Lucia Carlson, Breanna Helland