Clinton StudentsLeft to Right: Pranav Kakulamarri, Dipal Patel, Anveetha Matta, John Mark, Wendy Jiang, and Gopiann Shah.For the first time, seven University of Alabama at Birmingham students have all been awarded the William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship, giving them an opportunity to broaden their educational and cultural experience by studying in the Arab world.

Each student will have an opportunity to study abroad at the American University in Dubai during the 2019 summer semester.

Ten United States students are selected for the program each semester. The program is designed to expose students to culture in the Middle East and places an emphasis on those who are interested in being exposed to the Arab world for the first time. Recipients of the Clinton Scholarship receive full tuition and housing for one term.

“UAB has a strong record of students receiving the Clinton Scholarship, and they all speak highly of the program,” said Ashley Kuntz, Ph.D., director of the UAB Office of Fellowships and assistant professor in the UAB Honors College. “We are thrilled these six students will have the opportunity to expand their cultural knowledge and build friendships with students from all over the world while in Dubai.”

The seven students, all part of the UAB Honors College, include rising sophomores Pranav Kakulamarri from McKinney, Texas, majoring in neuroscience; and Tanvee Sinha from Cupertino, California, majoring in neuroscience and philosophy; rising juniors Anveetha Matta from Nashville, Tennessee, majoring in neuroscience; Wenyun Jiang from Vestavia Hills, Alabama, majoring in philosophy; Dipal Patel from Ocean Springs, Mississippi, majoring in finance; and John Mark Walker Boozer from Winfield, Alabama, majoring in finance; and rising senior Gopiann Shah from Johnson City, Tenneesee, majoring in neuroscience.

The William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship at the American University in Dubai aims to continue the goals of the Clinton Presidential Foundation, to increase the number of people in the United States and throughout the world who want to work to meet the struggles of global relations. The program will give Americans based in the United States the chance to broaden their educational and cultural experience by studying in the Arab world.

by Yvonne Taunton