Goucher students and alumnae earn Fulbright Awards
For the second year in a row, Goucher College has earned four or more Fulbright awards. The college was named a top producing school for Fulbright awards for 2017-18 and this year four more Goucher students and alumnae/i have been offered Fulbright awards for 2018-19 with two alternates.
This year’s finalists include Olivia Siegel ’18, Nicole Guzenski, M.A. ’18, Charlotte Khuner ’17, and Lea Love-Moore ’17. Madeline St. John ’18 and Hannah Spiegelman ’15 have been selected as alternate candidates and may become finalists, pending funding availability. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.
“As someone who has dreamed of working abroad in international education prior to even entering college, being granted the opportunity to teach in the vibrant and diverse cultural context of Brazil is an honor,” says Siegel, who will be teaching in Brazil and was a double major in Political Science and International Relations. “It is important to build cultural bridges now more than ever and I'm so thrilled that Fulbright is giving me the opportunity to be part of that process.”
For the first time in college history, Goucher was included on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. students by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Six students from Goucher received Fulbright awards for the 2017-2018 academic year with five students accepting.
“Over the past few years, we have worked very hard to build a culture of Fulbright success here at Goucher,” says Jennifer White, director, Office of International Studies (OIS). “Now that Goucher students are seeing their peers receive these awards, I have had record numbers of students interested in applying for Fulbright awards.”
Throughout the Fulbright application process, OIS works closely with faculty to help students build competitive applications. White noted that each of the finalists also had an immersive semester study abroad experience that influenced the student’s choice for the Fulbright award.
"I'm elated and honored to return to India under the Fulbright Fellowship program,” says Guzenski, who studied Cultural Sustainability and received a research fellowship to study in Pune, India. “My previous time spent in India has continued to be an influence on the work I've done and the focus I've had in my courses in Cultural Sustainability at Goucher. I am excited to continue working and conducting research at the intersections of environment, culture, and women's studies."
Finalists for the 2018-2019 academic year also include Charlotte Khuner ’17 who will be teaching English in Germany and was a Psychology major with minors in German and Music. Lea Love-Moore ’17, who was a Spanish major with a Latin American Studies minor and earned a Certificate in Secondary Education, will be teaching English in Brazil.
For more information on the Goucher Fulbright Scholars program, please visit https://www.goucher.edu/learn/study-abroad/program-costs/financial-aid-and-scholarships/postgraduate-international-scholarships.