5/06/2014 Peter Durantine

Eleven F&M Students Receive Fulbright, Soros and Other Fellowships

Five Franklin & Marshall College seniors set to graduate May 10 and four alumnae received distinguished scholarships for post-graduate work this year, including the Fulbright Fellowship and the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship.

In addition, two F&M underclassmen -- sophomore Morgan Kincade, a religious studies major, and junior Brenna Snyder, a psychology major -- have received the U.S. Department of State's highly competitive Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic abroad. Click here for the story. 

"This is the largest contingent of student fellowship recipients we have seen at F&M to date," said Director of Fellowships Monica Cable. "They are exemplary of the College."

The recipients of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA), which allows them to study and teach abroad, are:

·      Aria Ogawa '13 received a fellowship, her second in two years, to teach English in Taipei, Taiwan.

·      Danielle Roth '14 will teach English at either a university or high school in Poland.

·      Valerie Sauers '11 has been in Spain on a Spanish Government English Teaching Assistantship the last three years. Her Fulbright will support a teaching stint in Thailand.

·      Melissa Serrano '14 will teach English at a university in Mexico and work on a social change project.

A Fulbright Academic Fellowship was awarded to 2012 F&M Williamson Medal recipient Judith Stapleton '12, office coordinator at the College's Writer Center. She will study British art in the early 20th century as part of her pursuit of a master's of art at the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom.

After completing the one-year program, Stapleton will attend Yale University, where she will pursue a doctoral degree in British and American art history at the turn of the 20th century.

"It's an exciting opportunity," Stapleton said.

Mona Lotfipour '12, a Rouse Scholar while she was at F&M, was awarded the prominent Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, given each year to a select group of students attending one of the nation's top academic institutions, including the universities of Georgetown, Harvard and Stanford. Lotfipour is finishing her first year as a medical student at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.

Since 1997, the Soros Fellowship annually has chosen to support 30 "new Americans" as they pursue graduate studies in any field at any university. The students must be permanent residents or naturalized citizens, if born abroad, or the children of naturalized citizens.

Winners of other fellowships include:

·      Sarah Mills '14, who won a French Government English Teaching Assistantship to teach high school English in Toulouse, France

·      Monica Duran '14, who won a Princeton in Latin America fellowship to work for the Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, a nonprofit program of the New York City Bar Association, in New York City, San José, Costa Rica, and Lima, Perú

·      Kim Trageser '14, F&M's first Princeton in Asia fellowship winner who will teach French at a university in Singapore

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The program's primary source of funding is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, and corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support.

Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

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