UMW Graduates Receive Fulbright Scholarships

Eric Halsey (right) and Peter Wingrove are recipients of 2012-2013 Fulbright grants

University of Mary Washington graduates Eric Halsey and Peter Wingrove have been selected to receive U.S. Fulbright grants for 2012-2013. They become the ninth and 10th students, respectively, to receive the prestigious awards in the university’s history.

“The Fulbright committee is extremely proud of Eric and Peter’s accomplishments and wish them well in all their future pursuits,” said Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history. “Mary Washington has now had eight winners in the past five years, and looks forward to several more in the future.”

Eric Halsey

Through the Fulbright, Eric Halsey will study nationalism theory and Balkan history at Sofia University in Bulgaria. He will work with the history department at the university to research the policies of Alexander Stambolinski’s government from 1919 to 1923 and will take intensive Bulgarian language courses.

Halsey, a native of Herndon, Va., currently is a student at Central European University in Budapest and plans to earn a master’s in nationalism in June.

Halsey graduated from Mary Washington in August 2011 with a double major in history and political science. While at Mary Washington, he participated in the policy debate team, worked at the Speaking Center and interned at Genocide Watch. He was a visiting student at the American University of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2010.

“While studying at the American University in Bulgaria I traveled extensively throughout the Balkans to places like Albania, Kosovo, Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Macedonia and Croatia,” he said. “In these places I saw history as I never had before and I was confronted with it in ways I had never imagined.”

After his Fulbright year, Halsey hopes to begin a Ph.D. program in history.

Peter Wingrove

The Fulbright scholarship will enable Herndon, Va., native Peter Wingrove to study and conduct research for nine months at the Poznań University of Economics in Poznań, Poland. His research will explore the relationship between the euro and the zloty, Poland’s national currency, with a focus on the impact of the global recession.

“The last few years have been a period of tremendous upheaval across the world, and economically, none more so than in Europe,” he explained. “Poland has weathered this crisis uniquely well and presents a number of interesting research opportunities as a case study.”

Wingrove, who graduated in 2011 with an economics degree, is a volunteer at Moss Free Clinic and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, a national scholastic honor society. During his time at Mary Washington, he served as treasurer of Students Helping Honduras, co-president of the Economics Club and was a member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the economics honor society.


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News release prepared by: Brynn Boyer                             

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.