May 5, 2006
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.—Jenny Horowitz, a senior at Amherst College, has been awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship for postgraduate study in Spain. Horowitz, a graduate of Newton South High School, is the daughter of Eva and Jonathan Horowitz of Waban, Mass.

Her major area of study at Amherst is European studies; Horowitz is writing a senior thesis on the role of Spanish public schools in identity formation. Last summer she taught underprivileged 8-year-olds in Barcelona. In the U.S., she has taught in a prison in Greenfield, Mass. and a summer program for Boston middle school students. Horowitz wrote in her Fulbright proposal that she has been “continually drawn to three things: challenges, teaching and exploration.” She will teach in Spain and plans an eventual career in education administration or policy.

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.