UNC Asheville has long punched above its weight, offering a top-tier liberal arts education for a bargain price. Princeton Review just ranked UNCA — again — as a best value among public colleges, touting the school’s modest tuition and fees ($6,392 for in-state students) and world-class education.
And this summer, UNC Asheville announced that four students earned Fulbright Scholarships to teach and conduct research overseas. Those four distinguished awards come from a graduating class of just 760. That puts UNCA in the company of elite private colleges like Wesleyan and Trinity — schools that cost more than seven times as much.
Sponsored by the State Department, the Fulbright sends recent graduates across the world for research and teaching.
Kyle Cavagnini ‘14 will spend the next year in Norway at the University of Bergen, where he’ll be researching neuropsychiatric disorders. A graduate of Asheville High School, Cavagnini will explore the regulation of brain proteins that may affect Alzheimer’s. He plans to enroll at Johns Hopkins when he returns to the United States.
Hannah Clark ‘14 will be teaching English to German students in North Rhine-Westphalia, not far from where she studied abroad at the renowned University of Heidelberg. Her time as a senior tutor at UNCA’s writing center has given her plenty of teaching experience, and her double major in German and psychology have left her well-prepared for life in Germany.
Sam Moser ‘14 is headed all the way to South Korea, where he’ll teach English to Korean students. It will be a return trip for Moser, who spent four weeks in South Korea as part of a UNCA summer study abroad program, and it’ll give him a chance to build on considerable language expertise. He majored in Spanish, and also speaks well in both Chinese and Korean.
Gillian Scruggs ‘11 is bound for Brazil, where she’ll teach English and volunteer her time working in food ecology. “Fulbright asks its scholars to come up with volunteer side-projects, and mine may be working with Slow Food Brazil or a similar group,” Scruggs said in a UNCA press release. “I’m hoping the experience in Brazil will help me decide the best graduate school and teaching career path I can pursue when I return.”