Major Nationally Competitive Scholarships Awarded at WT


May 10, 2019

CONTACT: Laura Seals, 806-651-2587,

COPY BY: Brittany Castillo, 806-651-2682,


Major Nationally Competitive Scholarships Awarded at WT

CANYON, Texas—Students at West Texas A&M University have advanced in the next rounds of selection for nationally competitive scholarships, kick-starting their summers with exciting plans to further their education.

Roger Onofre, a recent political science graduate, will be teaching English in Morocco through the highly-coveted Fulbright Student Program, an international exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding among citizens of different countries in a multi-month experience supported by grants through the English Teaching Assistant program (ETA).

Onofre selected Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, where he previously studied as a Gilman Scholar. His proposed plans include sharing holiday traditions of both the U.S. and Mexico with his hosts in addition to teaching English and improving his Arabic language skills. Onofre will leave in August and stay in Morocco for ten months. He is the fourth Fulbright recipient in the University’s history.

Additionally, another Fulbright applicant was selected as a semi-finalist. WT has had a few including Rigo Baeza, a graduating business major, who advanced to the final round of selection. Chosen as an immediate alternate, Baeza selected Timor-Leste as his host country with a proposal focused on working with young athletes through a Sport for Life program while also assisting job and business skills to young Timorese residents. Baeza’s status is pending resources to support the Timor-Leste program.

In addition to Fulbright, student Shelby Morton, a junior chemistry major, applied and was awarded a competitive position funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF). He will be placed at James Madison University through the Research Experiences for Undergraduates program, where he will be an undergraduate research associate in the department of chemistry and biochemistry.

In addition to working with faculty in a 10-week summer program, Morton also will participate in professional development activities aimed at enhancing effective science communication with other chemists, scientists in other disciplines, the public and those with communication disorders.

Nationally competitive scholarships are unique opportunities with applications that may require supplemental material. Students that apply are often required to write a personal essay and/or research proposal. For more information about these opportunities and others, contact the Nationally Competitive Scholarship office at WT at 806-651-2587.



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