Six students earn Fulbright scholarships to study around the world

A record-setting six Gettysburg College students from the Class of 2010 have received grants from the United States Department of State's Fulbright Program to learn, teach, and conduct research in nations around the world.

"Gettysburg students are more and more successful even as the competition for grants keeps ratcheting up every year," said Assistant Provost Maureen Forrestal, who mentors students over their four years in college as they seek fellowships, scholarships, and grants.

Fulbright awardees and their projects are:

Robyn Byrne, who majored in economics and international affairs, will travel to Oman and focus on sustainable eco-tourism. She plans to provide a critical analysis of the management of tourism enterprises in Oman with respectful practices that enrich the country while developing its human capital. She also earned a Critical Language Enhancement Award from Fulbright that will assist her in studying advanced Arabic in Egypt this summer.

Marc Fialkoff, who majored in political science, received one of the new United Kingdom Partnership Awards to select institutions within the U.K. He also received the Fulbright/Leeds Award - the only one offered to Leeds University by Fulbright. He will pursue a master's of science degree in sustainability. This program brings together the Institute for Transport Studies and the Sustainability Research Institute facilitating Fialkoff's study of the relationship between transport policy and the environment. He was also accepted to Roger Williams School of Law in Bristol, R.I., which offers a specialization in maritime law. He has deferred his enrollment to Fall 2011 so that he can complete the Fulbright program.

Jennifer Lech, who majored in psychology and Spanish, received an English Teaching Assistantship to Portugal. She is the first Gettysburg College student to earn a Fulbright to a Portuguese-speaking country. In addition to serving as a teaching assistant to college students who wish to learn English, Lech will also advise Portuguese students interested in studying in the United States. She also plans to work with the Portuguese Association for Literacy as a volunteer to teach English.

Adam Ortiz, who majored in political science and minored in Italian studies, received an English Teaching Assistantship to Turkey. He will assist university professors in teaching Turkish students English. He also plans to organize athletic events for children in his community and create a pen-pal program connecting grade school students in Turkey and the United States.

Janelle Papay, who majored in German and Globalization studies, received an English Teaching Assistantship to Germany. In addition to teaching middle and high school students English, she will also volunteer with a conservation organization, which will help her arrange field trips for her students to parks and recreation areas. She will use these venues to encourage them to use their English skills while they take part in service-learning activities like trail maintenance and habitat restoration.

Tim Cullen, who majored in political science and Globalization studies, received an English Teaching Assistantship to Bahrain, an island country in the Persian Gulf.

Meanwhile, a Gettysburg College religion professor has also won a Fulbright award to teach in Lithuania at Vilnius University's Center for Oriental Studies during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate, and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Kendra Martin, director of media relations


Posted: Wed, 16 Jun 2010




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