April 25, 2005
Director of Media Relations
AMHERST, Mass.—Ezekiah "Zeke" Phillips, a senior at Amherst College, has received a J. William Fulbright Fellowship to teach English in Taiwan. A graduate of Newton South High School, Phillips is the son of Russell and Elise Phillips of Newton, Mass. Phillips wrote in his application that he hopes to "explore the pedagogy behind the teaching of English in Taiwan... I believe these experiences might help me to better teach English."
Phillips, who hopes to pursue an advanced degree in education and teach English in an urban public high school, has some experience in the classroom already. He has worked as a tutor and volunteer in Amherst area schools, and also last summer as a teacher at Summerbridge Cambridge, part of a national educational program that provides a path to college for high-potential, low-income middle-school students.
At Amherst College Phillips's major area of study is English, and he is the chair of Amherst TEACH, a student organization that advocates for and supports all things related to teaching and education. Phillips was also a varsity athlete with the cross-country and track teams at Amherst.
Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946 to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, viewed scholarship as an alternative to armed conflict. Today the Fulbright Program, the federal government's premier scholarship program, funded by an annual Congressional appropriation and contributions from other participating countries, allows Americans to study or conduct research in more than 100 nations.