Two Students Selected as Fulbright Finalists
The Fulbright Scholarship National Screening Committee has selected two Alma College seniors as finalists for the prestigious international scholarship.
• Oscoda senior Demi Gary proposes to teach high school English in Jakarta, Indonesia. A graduate of Oscoda Area High School, Gary is the daughter of Daniel and Lynn Gary.
• Jackson, Wisc., senior Maureen O’Connell proposes to teach English in the South American country of Colombia. A graduate of Nicolet High School in Glendale, O’Connell is the daughter of Joseph and Patricia O’Connell of Jackson, Wisc.
The 2010 Fulbright Scholars will be announced later this spring.
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 U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Student Program is designed to give recent baccalaureate graduates, master's degree 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 helps finalists search for appropriate postgraduate scholarships and review the proposals and applications. Alma's committee identifies and nurtures exceptional candidates for nationally competitive scholarships, grants and awards.
Since 2003, twenty-seven Alma College students have won prestigious national fellowships, scholarships and awards, including 15 Fulbright fellowships and multiple Udall, Truman, Marshall and Gates-Cambridge scholarships.
Posted: Thu, February 4th, 2010 at 5:50PM