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Natalia Dyba, Director of Global Initiatives

Natalia Dyba

Director of Global Initiatives

When I was a senior in college at Rice University in Houston, TX, I found out about a post-graduate fellowship that awarded $20,000 to spend a year outside of the United States pursuing any topic of interest, whether academic or not. I decided to apply because I didn’t know what to do after graduation. My proposal was to study ski bums in Norway, Switzerland, Chile and New Zealand. Unfortunately, I was not selected. Fortunately, I learned some valuable lessons, which helped me successfully apply for the Fulbright ETA program in Argentina. I spent nine months teaching English and learning about a new part of the world at the National University of Mar del Plata in Argentina.

I look forward to advising students interested in pursuing international opportunities, including scholarships for study abroad, post-graduate fellowships, and teach abroad programs.

Cruz Garibay, Scholarship Advisor

Cruz Garibay

Scholarship Advisor

Cruz Garibay is a Scholarship Advisor and Health Educator Reaching Out (HERO). He is pursuing a double undergraduate degree in Health Studies and Law, Economics, and Public Policy with a minor in Human Rights. His goal is to work to achieve social change in medical institutions and advocate for underrepresented minorities dealing with health care issues.

As a first generation student he has personal experience allocating and searching for different types of funding to finance his post-secondary education. As an undergraduate, Cruz has developed a passion for working with students, “My hope is to be a resource for students by serving as a metaphorical lighthouse. I want to be able to guide and empower them to apply for opportunities to fund their education.”

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