Zach Carter is
pursuing his master's degree in fusion energy
Carter recently won the Fulbright-University of York Scholar Award
for the fall semester of 2014 and spring semester of 2015. He will
study abroad in York, England. Courtesy Photo
Zachary Gray Carter of Woodstock, Ga., has won the Fulbright-University
of York Scholar Award for the fall semester of 2014 and spring semester
of 2015. He will be attending the university in York, England. Carter
will be working toward a Masters degree in fusion energy.
"I have received the Osage Nation Higher Education Scholarship
since the fall of 2009 when I began my studies. It has been immensely
helpful and enabling scholarship, and I do not believe I would have
made it to the Fulbright scholarship without the assistance of the
Osage Nation. I am very grateful," Carter said.
The Fulbright-University of York Scholar Award is to allow the
recipient to pursue a oneyear Master's degree program in any
discipline at the University of York. The award offers a generous
financial support for one year in the United Kingdom. The grantee
will receive a full tuition fee waiver from the University of York
as well as a living expense stipend.
Carter graduated from Sequoyah High School in Cherokee County,
Canton, Ga., in 2010 he was a dual-enrolled student in high school
classes and college courses. Carter participated in many mission
trips though his church while in high school. He has been active
and served as secretary to local district's political party at age
This is not Carter's first time to study abroad; he studied
in Spain during the summer of 2012.
Carter is a graduating senior from the Kennesaw University in
Kennesaw, Ga., with a bachelor's degree in mathematics and modern
language and culture. Carter has been a recipient of the Osage Nation
Higher Education Scholarship since beginning his academic career
"Zach Carter is an outstanding student, as is evident by being
awarded the Fulbright Scholarship. He also is active on campus,
serving as a student representative of the College of Science and
Mathematics on the Student Government Association. Zach has participated
in a new learning assistants program on campus where advanced students
serve other students in courses that are traditionally challenging
by being embedded in classes and serving as facilitators in group
work activities. Zach has been a learning assistant in general physics.
Zach's academic achievement as well as his service to the KSU community
is consistent with the ideals of the Fulbright program," said Mark
Anderson, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at KSU.
The application process is lengthy and rigorous, and perspective
applicants are encouraged to consider carefully their intentions,
goals, future plans and prospective projects before applying, according
to the U.S. Dept. of State website.
The Fulbright is the most widely recognized and prestigious
international exchange program in the world, supported for more
than half a century by the American people through an annual appropriation
from the United States Congress and by the people partner Nations,
according to the U.S. Dept. of State website.
"I would like to tell all Native students to believe in themselves
in their academic pursuits and to strive to do the best they can.
Whether you are in science, humanities, or business, a good work
ethic, a passion for the field you love, and persistence are irreplaceable
qualities that will bring pride to the Osage Nation and our Native
Community," Carter said.
York University has one of the best Physics research institutes
in the United Kingdom, according to Carter. He will be able to advance
his education toward becoming a plasma physicist. After finishing
the Fulbright, he would like to pursue his Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering
and become a researcher in clean energy systems, such as nuclear
fusion-based energy production. He plans to attend the University
of Michigan to obtain his Ph.D.
"We are proud, excited and happy for Zach and his accomplishment
on being awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, and we are very grateful
for this amazing opportunity for him and we know the Lord will not
take him where he cannot protect him," said Rhonda Carter, Zach's
Carter is the grandson of Christine James and great grandson
of C.H. Wilson Sr. and Ruby Webb Wilson of Hominy, Okla.