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Published 04/20/17

Tiffany Venmahavong '17 named Fulbright Scholar

Tiffany Venmahavong ’17, the daughter of Laotian immigrants and the first member of her family to go to college, has been named a Fulbright Scholar. Awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Scholarship, Venmahavong will have the opportunity to teach children in her parents’ home country of Laos and begin a multi-lingual media club that would promote language immersion and media literacy.

"The opportunity to teach English in Laos allows me to give back to my parent’s home country by improving someone else’s education."

“I feel extremely honored to receive the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant award for Laos,” says Venmahavong. She credits the Bryant community for helping her achieve a lifelong goal. “We have amazing students here and an amazing support group that is there for you in every step of the process.”

A number of Bryant faculty have received grants through the Fulbright Program, a flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government that works to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. 

“Through the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Scholarship I believe I can make an important contribution to the development of Southeast Asian communities,” Venmahavong, an International Business major from Woonsocket, RI, says. Her motivation to pursue the Fulbright stems from a visit to her parents’ homeland at the age of 12, where she witnessed the hardships faced by children her own age. 

“The opportunity to teach English in Laos allows me to give back to my parent’s home country by improving someone else’s education,” she says. “Equally important for me is the goal of deepening U.S.-Laos relations and working toward the betterment of the public good.”

At Bryant, Venmahavong has been a member of the Senior Advisory Council, the Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honor Society, the Phi Sigma Iota Language Honors Society, and the University’s Multicultural Student Organization. In 2015, she studied abroad at East China Normal University in Shanghai.

“Tiffany is an example of the incredible students at Bryant,” says Bryant Provost Glenn M. Sulmasy.  “We are all quite proud of her achievements and know that she will serve as an example for future Fulbright scholars."

Throughout the Fulbright selection process Venmahavong was supported by the Bryant Scholars program, which provides guidance for undergraduates and recent graduates applying for fellowships.

“The Fulbright award is a recognition of Tiffany’s extraordinary career potential,” says Edinaldo Tebaldi, Ph.D., director of Bryant Scholars and Associate Professor of Economics. “She has been offered an opportunity to be part of an elite club of excellence.”