USD Student Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

University of San Diego senior Pauline Gonzales has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. She is the third USD undergraduate in two years to receive this honor.

Gonzales, who will graduate with honors this spring, has a double major in English and Spanish with a minor in Italian. She also speaks German. Under the Fulbright Teaching Assistantship Program, she will travel to Germany this fall to teach courses in English and American culture to high-school age students.


"I wanted to be in a program where I could teach while improving my language skills and knowledge of German culture" said Gonzales who has been a tutor and coordinator in USD's Writing Center. "I'm very grateful to have this opportunity to continue using the skills that I have learned over the past three years in the center." After her work in Germany, she plans to attend graduate school in literature.


“We are very proud of Pauline,” said USD Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie Sullivan.  “Her outstanding accomplishments in scholarship and service at USD speak to her outstanding character and the high caliber of the university’s academic programs,” said Sullivan.


Gonzales was recently elected to the USD chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the oldest undergraduate honors association in the United States. USD received its Phi Beta Kappa charter in 2003 and is one of only 270 chapters nationwide. At USD, Gonzales was also a member of the Alcalá Club where students serve as official hosts during university functions and events.


Gonzales graduated from Our Lady of Peace High School in 2004 and is from the South  Park neighborhood of San Diego. Her parents are Larry James Gonzales of Lemon Grove and Eugenia Rivera of Golden Hills. She is the granddaughter of James and Margarita Moore of San Diego. She is engaged to Richard John Newsome, a professional skier from England.


Established in 1946, by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, the Fulbright program aims to increase understanding and goodwill through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills. The program sends approximately 1,300 U.S. students to more than 140 countries annually to lecture and conduct research in a variety of academic and professional settings. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.


The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law, and Nursing and Health Science.



About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.