9 episodes

Engage in the Process shares the remarkable stories from University of South Carolina students who have earned nationally competitive fellowships. You’ll travel with them around the world, experience the opportunities gained through both failure and success, and hear the important questions that led each student to where they need to be. How did they navigate these situations? In our newest series: First-Generation Fellowship Recipients, national fellowships advisor Valerie Weingart speaks with 3 USC students about how earning national fellowships shaped their college experiences.

Engage in the Process: A National Fellowships Podcast National Fellowships and Scholar Programs

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Engage in the Process shares the remarkable stories from University of South Carolina students who have earned nationally competitive fellowships. You’ll travel with them around the world, experience the opportunities gained through both failure and success, and hear the important questions that led each student to where they need to be. How did they navigate these situations? In our newest series: First-Generation Fellowship Recipients, national fellowships advisor Valerie Weingart speaks with 3 USC students about how earning national fellowships shaped their college experiences.

    First-Generation Fellowship Recipients: Jacob Watson

    First-Generation Fellowship Recipients: Jacob Watson

    Jacob earned the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to fund his graduate studies, but his interest in addiction research began long before that. He shares a journey that begins in Psychology 101 in junior college, connects him with supportive mentors, perseveres through a pandemic, and results in opportunities he never thought could be possible. 

    • 26 min
    First-Generation Fellowship Recipients: Nina Coli

    First-Generation Fellowship Recipients: Nina Coli

    Fellowships were on Nina's radar early in her USC journey, and she wasted no time pursuing opportunities that aligned with her passion for environmental science. A National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates took her to Rutgers University for the summer and connected her with a supportive research community and additional sources of funding.

    • 24 min
    First-Generation Fellowship Recipients: Daisy Perez Perez

    First-Generation Fellowship Recipients: Daisy Perez Perez

    The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship made Daisy's study abroad dreams come true much sooner than expected. Daisy recounts her UK Maymester course, "The Foundations of Law and Government," and explains how the experience influenced her academic and career trajectory.

    • 24 min
    Diversions and New Directions: Interview with Layne Scopano

    Diversions and New Directions: Interview with Layne Scopano

    In this episode, Layne ponders the question, “Have you allowed yourself flexibility in your life?” and shares how an experience in Peru altered her pre-med path. This new direction informed her application for the Rotary Global Grant, which will fund her graduate study in New Zealand. Join Layne as she tells Valerie about the importance of self-reflection, connecting with community, and always asking questions.

    • 26 min
    Diversions and New Directions: Interview with Blake Gibbons

    Diversions and New Directions: Interview with Blake Gibbons

    In this episode, Blake talks about how a case of junior-year FOMO caused him to apply for public service national fellowships. Resilience and persistence paid off: Blake earned the Public Policy and International Affairs Junior Summer Institute fellowship, which gave him a new perspective on his career goals and personal strengths. Join Blake as he tells Valerie about the reroutes and detours that eventually led him to becoming “The Transit Guy.”

    • 27 min
    Diversions and New Directions: Interview with Madison Clark

    Diversions and New Directions: Interview with Madison Clark

    In this episode, Madison explains how her grandmother’s Japanese
    heritage sparked her interest in other cultures. This international
    curiosity led her to global experiences through the Freeman-Asia and Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarships, but her path to studying abroad required quite a bit of creative problem-solving. Join Madison as she tells Valerie about navigating study abroad amidst the Covid-19 pandemic and how those experiences inspired her to apply for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

    • 27 min

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