University of San Diego senior Pauline Gonzales has been awarded a prestigious Ful-bright 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 USD Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Julie 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.