Dolan Alumni Selected for the Prestigious Fulbright Program

Dolan Alumni Selected for the Prestigious Fulbright Program

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Fairfield University is proud to announce that this year, two Dolan School alumni are among the elite group of individuals chosen to be Fulbright Scholars. The U.S. government’s Fulbright Program, created in 1946, is an extremely competitive and prestigious program that provides high-achieving scholars with the opportunity to travel to countries around the world to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Dolan alumni Iancu Bica ‘16 and Timothy Cobau ’17 are among the recipients of this prestigious distinction. Bica, a finance and information systems double major, was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship to work as an English teaching assistant in his family’s home country of Romania. In addition to helping develop students’ English and promoting intercultural understanding, he also intends to organize professional development opportunities for college students that will prepare them for the future and grow their language skills.

“As a passionate student of languages, I have always believed that learning a foreign language is an eye-opening journey,” Bica stated. “I would like to give back to the nation that I have such strong connections to and inspire individuals to empower themselves using English and education to contribute to future generations in Romania.”

Nearly 1,500 miles west of Romania, Timothy Cobau ’17 is using his Fulbright scholarship to research the rapidly growing financial technology and digital payments industries in Spain. The finance major will be conducting research with FUNCAS, a non-profit organization based in Madrid and dedicated to research on economic and social issues.

Cobau first became interested in researching this subject after studying abroad in 2015. “During my junior year at Fairfield, I fell in love with Madrid. I read all about the Spanish banking system and became very interested in the financial technology startup scene,” he said. “Being able to research what is happening in the digital payments and financial technology sector of Spain, and seeing what these banks and entrepreneurs are doing today, is something I am truly passionate about.”

Cobau and Bica are just two of over 1,900 U.S. recipients of the Fulbright scholarship. Awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievements, as well as records of service and leadership potential in the respective fields of the recipients.

 

 

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