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Jonathan Wilson ’06 Awarded Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship


Jonathan Wilson ’06 has been awarded a Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship in public health, funding nine months of HIV-AIDS research in Durban, South Africa.


Jonathan explains that recent studies have shown that the prevalence of HIV continues to increase in South Africa, despite the fact that international aid is better funded than ever. In his research, Jonathan hopes to investigate key factors surrounding HIV infection among South African youth, looking for ways to better implement treatment and prevention programs.


“Program approaches guided and directed by indigenous ideas, beliefs, and, ultimately, leadership will lead to a decline in HIV incidence,” Jonathan argued in his research proposal.


“Studying economics and community development at Covenant,” he says, “I really got excited about communicating the gospel and helping restore people’s dignity, either by reversing injustice or bringing a service that helps people pursue their own calling.”


Jonathan majored in community development and took his pre-med courses at Covenant before attending the Medical College of Georgia, where he just finished his third year. Ingrid, Jonathan’s wife, is completing a master’s degree in social work at the University of South Carolina.


“We had a very strong pool of Fulbright applicants this year, and we praise the Lord for this blessing for Jonathan,” says Dr. Russell Mask, associate professor of economics and Covenant's Fulbright Program advisor. “We also rejoice that Ingrid will be able to apply her social work knowledge to the context of South Africa.  It will be fun to see how the Lord uses this for Jonathan’s and Ingrid’s further service in the kingdom.”


The Fulbright-Fogarty Fellowship is offered in partnership between the Fulbright Program and the Fogarty International Center of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Jonathan is the fifth Covenant graduate since 2004 to receive a grant from the Fulbright Program.