You may recall in my last post, that I plan to return to Japan in the fall of 2005. Well, I am a step closer! I was just recently informed that my application to research in Japan on a year-long Fulbright Grant has been selected as a finalist!!! OH MY GOODNESS!
For those of you wondering what a Fulbright Grant/Scholar is, here are a few links for you to check out.
I am extremely excited and anxious about knowing the results. I've done the math and my chances of being selected are pretty good odds! There are 14- Graduating Senior Grants available and since passing the first phase of the selection process, my proposal, along with 20 others, which makes 21 grants, will be reviewed by the Japanese delegation. 14 proposals will be chosen and a few others will be chosen as alternates. (WOW!)
So why Fulbright? Well, back in 2002 when I transferred to Howard University, I encountered an older student who graduated from Spelman in Atlanta and I was extremely inspired by her accomplishments. So much so, that I researched almost everything she was a part of (thanks Shani). I have spent the past semester researching different grants and fellowships and the Fulbright offers plenty, in terms of independence, education, and amazing experience!
(Sigh) I won't know the selection results until May (hopefully sooner)! Wow, that would be such a wonderful graduation gift!!! May 14, 2005 I will officially be a Howard University graduate (man, I thought the day would never come!) Thank you God!
More to come...