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Amanda Gutierrez, 2013 Fulbright Scholar 

Amanda GutierrezRecent Rice University Kinesiology-Sports Medicine graduate Amanda Gutierrez received a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship Award. Selection for the Fulbright U.S. Student awards is based on academic and professional achievements, language preparation and personal qualifications. The awards include round-trip transportation to the host country, funding to cover room, board and incidental costs, and health benefits.  

Gutierrez graduated this May with her Bachelor's in Kinesiology and a minor in global health technologies. In September, she will teach English grammar and literacy to Spanish children at a secondary school in Madrid as part of her Fulbright Award. Previously from New Orleans, the Houston resident taught Spanish literacy, English, science and math to children in Ecuador, Nicaragua and South Africa through various service fellowships as a Rice undergraduate student. She plans to attend medical school and pursue a Master of Public Health degree and career in medicine so she can have an impact on the lives of people in developing countries. 

GutierrezIn April 2013, Amanda was part of a group of Rice University students and alumni who participated in the Clinton Global Initiative University in St. Louis. The event builds on the model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges and engages the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world. 

In 2011, Amanda earned a Loewenstern Fellowship.  As a fellow, she served with Orphanage Outreach in Jinotega, Nicaragua for six weeks. Each week, her and a few other long-term volunteers went to a different school in a different part of the city to teach. 

She also excelled in the classroom, earning spots on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll multiple years. 

Congrats to Amanda on this tremendous honor, and good luck to her in medical school!