Hoeltzel Awarded Fulbright Scholarship
The Fulbright Scholarship National Screening Committee has awarded a prestigious international scholarship to Alma College senior Lissette Hoeltzel, a senior from Clawson. Hoeltzel, majoring in sociology and anthropology, proposed studying Canadian federal and provincial policies toward suicide prevention among the Inuit peoples of Nunavut.
The Inuit arrived from Siberia about 1,000 years ago and traveled eastward across Arctic Canada settling in areas that became the Northwest Territories. Nunavut was carved out of the Northwest Territories to become a territory in 1999 as part of a settlement for Inuit land claims against the Canadian Government.
In the 20th Century, their way of life underwent massive economic, social and cultural upheaval. The territory has a suicide rate almost six times the Canadian average.
Hoeltzel becomes Alma's 10th Fulbright Scholar in the last four years. The daughter of Chad and Maureen Hoeltzel of Clawson, she is a 2002 graduate of Clawson High School.
Recommendations from the National Screening Committee of the Institute of International Education, the coordinating body for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, are made on the strength of applicants' self-designed programs to be conducted in specific countries. The applications are forwarded to the Fulbright commissions in the projects' countries, which select recipients from all candidates applying in those countries. The J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board will make the final selections.
Funded by the United States Department of State, the U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent B.A./B.S. graduates, master's and doctoral candidates, and young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience. A scholar receives expenses for one year of study.
Alma's Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee helped the finalists search for appropriate postgraduate scholarships and reviewed the proposals and applications. Alma's committee identifies and nurtures exceptional candidates for nationally competitive scholarships, grants and awards.
Posted: Mon, April 17th, 2006 at 3:03PM