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Elizabeth Colucci, Director of Fellowships and Scholarships

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Elizabeth received her undergraduate degree is from St. Lawrence University and did her graduate work at Boston College. She has worked at Simmons College School of Social Work, Boston College and Michigan State University. At UB, she has worked in the Graduate School and the Honors College prior to becoming the director of fellowships and scholarships.

Elizabeth has two sons, Peter and Andrew UB ’19 and three bonus kids, Catherine, Julie and John UB ‘23. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her large extended family, walking, reading and gardening. She and her partner Greg are foodies who love to shop, cook, eat great food and entertain. They love to travel and are always planning their next trip.  

Elizabeth can help you with:

  • Gates-Cambridge Scholarship.
  • Goldwater Scholarship.
  • Marshall Scholarship.
  • Mitchell Scholarship.
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowships.
  • Rhodes Scholarship.
  • Udall Scholarship.
  • General graduate fellowship inquiries.

Megan Stewart, Assistant Director

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Megan grew up in the Mid-Hudson Valley, outside of Poughkeepsie, New York. She completed both her graduate and undergraduate work at UB. She has previously worked in the UB Career Services office and in the UB Honors College as an advisor.

Megan has two sons and loves spending time with her family. She enjoys reading, traveling, running and cheering on the Buffalo Bills. Service in the community is very important to her; she is a member of the Junior League of Buffalo and a volunteer with Just Buffalo Literary Center.

Megan can help you with:

  • Boren Award.
  • Critical Language Scholarship.
  • Freeman-ASIA Award.
  • Fulbright Award.
  • US-UK Fulbright Commission Summer Institutes.
  • Gilman Scholarship.
  • General undergraduate fellowship inquiries.

Abigail LaPlaca, Graduate Assistant

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A Buffalo native, Abby completed her undergraduate work at UB as an Honors College Scholar and a Presidential Scholar. After graduation, she was the recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching grant and spent a year teaching English at Universidad Tecnológica in Panama City, Panama. Now back at UB as a Schomburg Fellow, Abby is a Master's student in the Graduate School of Education's English for Speakers of Other Languages teacher's certification program.

Besides working as a graduate assistant for the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, she also works at Jericho Road Community Health Center developing a training program for employees. Abigail hopes to make education more accessible for refugees, immigrants and other students seeking to learn English both abroad and domestically. She loves Latin dance, reading and travel.  

Lisa Gagnon, Graduate Assistant

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As an undergraduate at UB, Lisa was an Honors College Scholar, Western New York Prosperity Fellow, principle cellist in the UB Symphony Orchestra, and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Honors Society. After graduating with a BA in English and Llnguistics with a music performance minor, Lisa spent nine months in Riga, Latvia as a Fulbright English teaching assistant. She is currently pursuing her master’s in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at UB as a Schomburg fellow.

In addition to her work as a graduate assistant at the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, Lisa teaches cello at Buffalo String Works, a grassroots music program primarily serving immigrant and refugee students on Buffalo’s West Side. She is passionate about the positive impact of the creative arts on our communities, and how teaching and learning languages foster connections across countries and cultures. In her spare time, Lisa loves reading and enjoying WNY’s beautiful nature.