Scholar Ambassador Blog    

A behind-the-scenes journey through academic life abroad.

About The Blog

The Scholar Ambassador Blog is a volunteer storytelling project, which aims to share experiences among students, faculty and administrators who have benefited from Laspau-administered educational programs. The blog is an opportunity for scholars to express their journey of studying and living abroad, make new connections with one another, and open doors to a world of possibilities to those who dream of following a similar academic path.



We will be learning about the motivations, challenges, and successes through stories on topics related to:

  • Studying English-language
  • Exploring a new country and culture
  • Spending holidays in a new country
  • Studying abroad with family
  • Pursuing doctoral studies in the United States
  • Experiencing diversity and inclusion at host institution
  • Returning to home country after graduation
  • Looking back on an academic experience abroad after several decades

Join us on this journey! We will be posting new stories that illustrate the transformative power of education and international exchange.


Become A Scholar Ambassador

Community is at our core. We are comprised of over 18,000 individuals throughout the Americas who have pursued educational opportunities for the betterment of their home country. Altogether, we are part of a circle that brings experiences and lessons learned from every individual’s trajectory. We will be posting new narratives that will take you to a transformational change through the power of education.

If you are a former or current Laspau-administered scholar keen to blog for us, consider becoming a Scholar Ambassador. As a volunteered blogger, you will receive support in developing topics to write on as well as editing assistance.

Submit your story!

For more information or any questions, please email Gláucia Ribeiro

Recent Stories

May 25, 2018
Family, Work and Doctoral Studies
By: Dr. Abrilene Cynthia Johnston-Scott – Organization of American States (OAS) fellow from Jamaica, pursued Doctor of Education degree from Nova Southeastern University.
May 22, 2018
Using the Field of Interior Design to Redesign Physical Schools and Learning Environments
By: Néstor Isaac Ramos Marchena, a Fulbright MESCyT scholar from the Dominican Republic is currently pursuing Master’s degree in Interior Architecture at The University of Texas, Austin.
May 1, 2018
BRASCON and the Empowerment of Brazilian Scientific Community
By: Carleara Ferreira da Rosa Silva – A former Ciência sem Fronteiras/CAPES scholar from Brazil , Carleara holds a Ph.D. degree in Nursing from The State University of New York at Buffalo.
April 17, 2018
New school, new life, new challenges
By: Blanca Esther Romero Pino – Fulbright Faculty Development scholar from Venezuela and currently a Master’s degree candidate in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Arizona State University.
April 11, 2018
Be Like a Proton: challenges and takeaways when applying to graduate school
By: Fernando Antonio Rebolledo Uscanga – a Fulbright COMEXUS scholar from Mexico and a Ph.D. fellow in Biomedical/Medical Engineering at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.
March 20, 2018
Mexico’s First Mixe Fulbright Scholar Is Working to Improve the Lives of Indigenous Farmers
Scholar: Tania Eulalia Martínez – a Fulbright COMEXUS scholar from Mexico holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural and Byosistems Engineering at University of Arizona. Currently, she is a Ph.D. candidate at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Contributor: Yara Simón, senior culture editor at Remezcla.
March 6, 2018
How to be an international PhD student… and survive it!
By: Deyanira Sindy Moya Chaves – a Fulbright Becas Colciencias scholar from Colombia and a Ph.D. fellow in Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese at Pennsylvania State University.
February 20, 2018
Looking back at why it took me ten years to apply to Fulbright
By: Magaly Preciado Reyes – a Fulbright COMEXUS scholar from Mexico and a Master’s degree candidate in International Development and Social Change at Clark University.
February 14, 2018
From a cornfield in El Salvador to New York City: How learning English took me overseas
By: Pedro Alexander Vasquez Jimenez – a Fulbright Faculty Development Program scholar from El Salvador and a Master’s degree candidate in Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor (TESOL) at Binghamton University.
February 6, 2018
Life is an opportunity, take it
By: Gabriela María Fretes Centurión – a BECAL scholar from Paraguay and a Ph.D. fellow in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.