Defying the odds, UI Fulbright scholar Nicholas Grandstaff heads to Europe

In the early morning hours of April 19, University of Iowa student Nicholas Grandstaff received an unlikely, life-changing phone call.

Earlier that week, he had accepted an offer from a Ph.D. program at Purdue as a backup plan in case the call never came — since the odds were so slim that it would. Now, instead of spending his next couple of years at Purdue, he’ll spend them in the Netherlands.

To this point, advancing despite the odds has been the Fulbright-award winner’s modus...

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