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Four International Student Fulbright Scholars Join UTSA this Fall

By K.C. Gonzalez, Public Affairs Specialist, Office of University Communications and Marketing

This fall, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) welcomes four international students who have come to the university as Fulbright scholars to pursue their graduate education and research. Incoming Fulbright Scholars Program students include Ana Maria Mahecha Groot from Colombia, Diana Solano Leiton from Costa Rica, Saad Rehman Shah from Pakistan and John Seibert from Germany.

John Seibert


  • Groot has joined UTSA as a doctoral student in anthropology.
  • Leiton has joined the bicultural bilingual studies master’s program.
  • Shah  will be getting his masters in computer science.
  • Seibert has joined the UTSA College of Business as a master’s student in Information Systems

Seibert will study the management and project organization of information technologies. Coming from the University of Potsdam,  Germany, Seibert is impressed with UTSA’s diversity, student to professor ratio and the interdisciplinary nature of the MBA program. In addition to his studies, he hopes to reactivate the German student organization on campus.

“Receiving a Fulbright scholarship is a prestigious honor that comes with distinction and opportunities,” said Julius M. Gribou, UTSA executive vice provost, senior international officer and former Fulbright Fellow. “The fact that these bright students who were selected for their academic achievement and leadership potential chose to pursue their graduate studies at UTSA is testament to the university’s increasing global recognition as place recognized for academic excellence.”


Want to become a Fulbright recipient? Education Abroad Services invites you to an information presentation on the Fulbright Student Program.

Fulbright Alumni Ambassador Zigfried Hampel-Arias will be available for an information session on October 3, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Travis Room - HUC 2.202.


For more than 60 years, the federally sponsored Fulbright program has provided opportunities to study, conduct research and teach in more than 140 countries. The program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

For more information on how current UTSA students and faculty can apply for a Fulbright scholarship, visit http://us.fulbrightonline.org.