An unprecedented number of Amherst College students, 12 graduates of the Class of 2014 and three recent graduates, have been offered Fulbright Fellowships to teach and study abroad.
In addition, two students have been named alternates, meaning they may yet receive Fulbright offers, and two others will be teaching in France on French Government Teaching Fellowships, which is not a Fulbright program but offered to Fulbright applicants.
The Fulbright Fellowship, founded in 1946 by U.S. Senator J. Williams Fulbright, is one of the most prestigious awards in the world, claiming among its alumni 43 Nobel Laureates and 78 Pulitzer Prize winners. This international educational exchange program operates in over 155 countries worldwide, sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
Luca Antonucci ’14 has been offered a Fulbright Grant to Austria in Music and Conducting, and plans on studying Arnold Schonberg in Vienna. He majored in Music and aspires to be a conductor and musicologist.
Sarah Daly ’13 has been offered an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Argentina. She majored in English and History. She looks forward to volunteering with local sustainability initiatives in Argentina, and plans to do research on the local environmental or social history. She intends to pursue interdisciplinary graduate studies in agricultural and social history after her year in Argentina.
Matthew DeButts ’14 was offered an ETA in Taiwan, but has declined, and has accepted a Princeton in Asia Fellowship. A Schupf Scholar, he majored in law, jurisprudence, and social thought.
James Fromson ’13 has been offered a Fulbright Grant to Jordan to study the changing identities of Palestinian and Iraqi refugees, focusing on how schooling, job opportunities, and other elements inform their views of Jordanian society. He majored in history and Asian languages and civilizations and anticipates a career in foreign policy.
Thea Goldring ’14 has been offered a Fulbright Grant to France to continue studies in art preservation, with a particular focus on stained glass restoration. She majored in history of art and chemistry.
Hannah Greenwald ’14 is an alternate candidate for a Fulbright Grant to Argentina. She majored in history. If offered a Fulbright, she is hoping to investigate how Argentina incorporated its lands into modern society with particular attention to its impact on indigenous groups.
Cassandra (Cassie) Gross ’14 has been offered a grant as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to Taiwan. A neuroscience major, she hopes to explore the intermixing of eastern and western ideologies. She plans to enter medical school upon her return and incorporate this blend of east and west in her work.
Manuel Guerrero ’14 has been offered Fulbright English Teaching Assistant position in Vietnam. He plans to do graduate studies in International relations with ultimate goal of a career in international diplomacy. He majored in history at Amherst.
Amber Khan ’14 has been offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant position in Turkey. An anthropology major, she plans to continue studying for a career in medicine and public health, with a focus on underserved populations. She wants to aid in providing care across barriers of language and culture.
Shennon Lu ’14 has been offered an opportunity via Fulbright to teach English in Taiwan. She is an English major on a pre-med track. During her Fulbright year, Shennon intends to help teachers develop curriculum and educational materials for teaching English. After completing her Fulbright in Taiwan, Shennon plans to attend medical school, focusing on public health education.
Katrin Marquez ’14 majored in political science and Asian languages and civilizations; she is being offered Fulbright English Teaching Assistant position in South Korea. She plans to study for a master’s degree in education policy and teach a few years before attending law school. Her ultimate goal is to be an education litigator for the U.S. Justice Department or an advocate for education reform.
Joshua Mayer ’13 has been offered a Fulbright Grant to Nicaragua. A political science major, Joshua will be studying political autonomy in Nicaragua, and how the concerns of diverse ethnic groups are managed legally and politically. His future plans include law school, with a focus on international human rights.
Laura Poole ’14 has been offered, and declined, a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant position in India. She majored in computer science and math, and plans to pursue a master’s in education. She would like to teach science, technology, engineering and math, with a particular focus on encouraging young women in these fields.
Sylvie Ramirez ’14 will be teaching in France on a French Government Teaching Fellowship. She majored in French and philosophy and, upon her return to the U.S., plans to study for her PhD to teach at the university level.
Charles (Charlie) Reighard ’14 is an alternate candidate for a Fulbright Grant to Sweden. If he is not offered the Fulbright, he plans to attend the University of Cambridge, where he would pursue his interest in neurochemical and molecular aspects of dependence conditions and how biology drives behavior.
Nicholas (Nick) Schcolnik ’14 has been offered a Fulbright to teach English in Argentina. He majored in law, jurisprudence, and social thought, and Spanish. Nick hopes to engage with peers in Argentina with his interest in sports and work in a law firm or with law students. His future plans include law school and a career helping law clients understand the legal system.
Jennifer Shamash ’11 will be teaching in France on a French Government Teaching Fellowship. She majored in French and theater & dance. Jennifer hopes to combine her passion for French culture and theater with her teaching. Her long range goal is to start her own theater company that focuses on cultural exchange.
Chelsea Tejada ’14 has been offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant position in Brazil. She majored in sexuality, women's and gender studies, and Asian languages and civilizations. She has been active in women’s health and the LGBTQ community, and plans to bring those skills to work in Brazil. Her future career plans are to become a sexual health educator.
Dylan Vasey ’14 has been offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant position in Morocco. Dylan majored in black studies and history. While teaching in Morocco, he plans to improve his Arabic and familiarize himself with Moroccan music. His career plans include a doctorate in history and teaching in higher education.