Director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards
Suzanne McCray serves as the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and the Director of Nationally Competitive Awards. As the director of the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, she has advised hundreds of University of Arkansas students concerning scholarship and graduate school applications. For three years, she served on the national program review committee for the Coca-Cola Scholarship, and she is currently serving a tenth year on the national selection committee for the Stewart L. and Morris K. Udall Scholarship review and her third on the Critical Language Scholarship review. Dr. McCray has been an active member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors as well, serving as its president from 2003-2005. She has edited six volumes of essays on the topic of nationally competitive scholarships. The most recent include All Before Them: Student Opportunities and Nationally Competitive Fellowships (2015) and Road Less Traveled and other Perspectives on Nationally Competitive Scholarships (2017). She holds more than 300 meetings a year with students applying for scholarships, serves on a variety of campus scholarship committees, and is a member of the premed advisory committee. She earned bachelor’s (high honors) and masters’s degrees in English from the University of Arkansas and a PhD in English from the University of Tennessee.
Associate Director of Nationally Competitive Awards
Jonathan Langley serves as Associate Director for the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. He primarily helps students seeking STEM scholarships and research opportunities, such as the Goldwater Scholarship, the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, and NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates. In addition, he assists applicants for the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant and Study/Research Grants. Langley graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2009 with a bachelor’s in English and French and again in 2011 with a master’s in French studies. While a student, he worked for four years in the university’s Quality Writing Center, first as an undergraduate peer tutor, then as a graduate tutor. For the 2011-12 academic year, he was a lecturer of English at Université du Maine in Le Mans, France. Before joining ONCA, Langley was an admissions counselor and academic advisor for the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences.
Associate Director of Nationally Competitive Awards
Emily Wright serves as Associate Director for the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards. She advises students who are applying for scholarships and fellowships to support research initiatives and graduate education. Wright also serves as the Associate Director of the Advanced Placement Summer Institute, hosted by the University of Arkansas each summer. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Arkansas and a Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the University of Oklahoma. Prior to joining ONCA, Wright worked in cross-cultural and higher education in Washington, DC.
Courtney Hill graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering and a minor in sustainability. In 2014, she taught English at a magnet high school in South Korea through a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering at the University of Virginia, where she investigates the relationship between human health and access to silver embedded ceramics as well as other mechanisms by which silver can be used to treat water in low income areas. Her graduate work is supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Completion Fellowship. In 2018, she was named a Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences. Previously, Courtney has has served as an advisor for the Center for Undergraduate Excellence working with students who apply for nationally competitive awards at the University of Virginia.
Mariel Young graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in anthropology and Spanish. In 2014, she earned an MPhil in Human Evolutionary Studies from Cambridge, where she was supported by a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard, where she studies evolutionary and developmental genetics of embryonic bone growth. She also serves as a pedagogy fellow and works in science outreach for Harvard’s teaching and learning center.
Sabrina Wise earned a Bachelor of Arts in English (Honors) from Whitman College, where she consulted with students on nationally competitive award applications and a wide range of other written work as a tutor in the Center for Writing and Speaking. She went on to serve as a college access coach with College Possible, and as the director of publicity at Tin House Books. Her work has been published in The Kenyon Review, Calyx, blue moon, and others. She is currently pursuing a master's degree in Higher Education Administration.