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Baruch College Receives Record-Breaking Number of Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awards

Fulbright Winners will travel to Malaysia, Mexico, and the Netherlands

during the 2017-18 Academic Year


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New York, NY - April 24, 2017 - Baruch College received three Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awards, representing the largest number of U.S. Student Fulbright Awards for the College in a single competition. Kristina Sarkissyan ’17 and two recent alumni, Maneesha Bhugwansing (’14) and Hasin Ishraque (’16) will be traveling to Mexico, the Netherlands, and Malaysia respectively, during the 2017 and 2018 academic year to pursue studies, professional development, and teaching opportunities.

“We are both thrilled and proud to have Fulbright winners in a single competitive season,” said Valeria Hymas, Deputy Director of the Office of National & Prestigious Fellowship Advising. "A record-breaking year for this internationally recognized program that truly exemplifies the drive and talent of those in the Baruch community.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The highly selective awards are granted to candidates who demonstrate academic excellence, a passion for their fields of interest, and the ability to serve as cultural ambassadors between the U.S. and other countries. Each of the Fulbright winners will interact with their host communities on a daily basis allowing them to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs creating an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

According to Hymas, more Baruch College students are applying to the Fulbright Awards and other opportunities since the opening of the Office of National and Prestigious Fellowships Advising in 2013. Increasingly, these applicants come from a wide variety of backgrounds and have diverse interests in their fields of study and career goals.

“We encourage students from all backgrounds to explore the numerous international and national fellowship opportunities available today,” said Hymas. “At Baruch, each student receives personal mentoring and advising which makes a tremendous difference in navigating the fellowships world.”

Meet Baruch College’s Fulbright U.S. Student Program Awardees:

Maneesha Bhugwansing Fulbright Award Winner






Maneesha Bhugwansing (’14), a Zicklin School of Business alumna and the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, has been awarded a U.S. Student Fulbright Study/Research Award to the Netherlands. There, she will be earning a Master’s Degree in Economics at Maastricht University.

I hope to find ways to engage with the local community and learn more about policies and culture in the Netherlands.”


Hasin Ishraque Fulbright Winner






Hasin Ishraque (’16), an alumnus of the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, was awarded the U.S. Student Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award in Malaysia. Currently working in the field of emergency management, where he wants to build a career, Ishraque also looks to help with potential rescue efforts.

“In Malaysia, I expect to learn just as much as I’ll teach, if not more.”


Kristina Sarkissyan Fulbright Winner






Kristina Sarkissyan ’17, who will graduate with a BBA in International Business from the Zicklin School of Business, will be in Mexico City on the Mexican Fulbright Commission’s Binational Internship program. This program is designed to enhance knowledge, expertise, and understanding of post-NAFTA Mexico.

“I’m very excited, extremely honored, and grateful for this wonderful opportunity.”


For more information about fellowship opportunities, contact the Office of National & Prestigious Fellowship Advising.




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