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Address: Building ALN 271 4202 E. Fowler Ave. Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: (813) 974-3087
Fax: (813) 974-5801
Email: nationalscholarships@usf.edu
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Lauren Schumacher Dr. Sayan Basu
- Director of the Office of National Scholarships

Dr. Sayandeb Basu joined the Office of National Scholarships (ONS) as its new director in May 2016 from the University of the Pacific in California, where he was faculty in Physics and the Honors College. Dr. Basu is a theoretical physicist and has published on quantum physics, and on the physics of black holes for more than a decade. He experienced a global education, including in India, at the University of Cambridge UK, and at the University of California, Davis, where he obtained his Ph.D. Dr. Basu’s passion is nurturing students to become architects of their personal academic and professional goals. He had a successful stint at the University of the Pacific as the chief STEM liaison for the office of fellowships; He combined his love of culture, language, international study experience and mentoring skills to help foster the cause for a campus culture where faculty, students, and peers joined forces to make student success a habit rather than a cliché. At the University of South Florida, he brings this enthusiasm and commitment to the ONS, to make his office one of the key hubs of achievement and intellectual accomplishments for USF students.



Lauren Schumacher Ms. Lauren Chambers
- Associate Director of the Office of National Scholarships

Ms. Chambers joined the Honors College in 2008, and the Office of National Scholarships in 2011. She is currently the Associate Director of the Office of National Scholarships (ONS), and the Fulbright Program Advisor (FPA) for USF. Ms. Chambers has lived in the Tampa Bay area for over 20 years and received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Florida. She is a member of the National Association of Fellowships Advisors (NAFA) and has presented at NAFA conferences on the connection between appreciative advising and fellowships advising. Ms. Chambers published an article in the Journal of Appreciative Education titled “The Subtleties of Appreciative Advising: Expanding Practices Beyond the Conversation.”



Michelle McCraw Robert Annis
- Office of National Scholarships Advisor

Robert joined the team at the Office of National Scholarships as an Advisor in 2015. Previously, he worked for ONS as a Writing Consultant while teaching English courses at USF. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from the University of South Florida. Robert has published poetry in literary journals around the world including Exit 7, Atlas Poetica, Lynx, Gusts, American Tanka, Foothill and Oracle.




Ryan Graydon Ryan Graydon
- Office of National Scholarships Graduate Assistant

Ryan grew up in a rural community near Findlay, Ohio. While earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, Ryan played linebacker on the Trojans football team, worked as a personal trainer, and performed the first research in Taylors Human Performance Laboratory studying the effect of training on muscle architecture and performance. From Taylor, Ryan was hired as an intern on the Olympic Strength and Conditioning staff at the Ohio State University where he trained athletes from 35 varsity sports and became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Passionate about learning and serving people everywhere, Ryan has traveled to 19 countries on several shortterm mission trips including the World Race, a program of Adventures in Missions where he partnered with local Christians in 11 countries in 11 months. Learning firsthand the challenges facing developing communities around the globe, Ryan's goal is to provide sustainable clean water solutions as part of holistic community development. Now at the University of South Florida, he will earn a Masters of Public Health in Global Health Practice and a Graduate Certificate in Water, Health, and Sustainability while serving as the Graduate Assistant in the Office of National Scholarships.



Sean Baraoidan Sean Baraoidan
- Office of National Scholarships Part Time Student Assistant

Sean is a junior majoring in Environmental Science and Policy here at USF. He joined the Honors College as a student in 2012 and the Office of National Scholarships as a student assistant in 2014. His main duties include providing customer service to incoming and current scholarship applicants, as well as performing any office tasks asked of him by the ONS advisors. He has also been interning in the chemistry lab of the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County since 2013.



Michelle McCraw Michelle McCraw
- Office of National Scholarships Part Time Student Assistant

Michelle is a freshman majoring in Biomedical Sciences with dreams of helping people all over the world. As a student that grew up overseas, she has developed a strong appreciation for culture and a passion for service. She joined the Honors College in the fall of 2014 as a student, and also joined the ONS staff as a student assistant. As an ONS student assistant, she is dedicated to helping students learn about scholarship opportunities and encouraging them to reach their full potential. Her responsibilities include helping students schedule appointments, completing office work, and making sure each student has a wonderful experience at the Office of National Scholarships.





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