Malloy Becomes Alma's 19th Fulbright Scholar
Alma College graduate Michael Malloy of Laingsburg has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to teach English in Spain and research alternative education programs for immigrant students in Spain’s education system.
Malloy becomes Alma’s 19th Fulbright Scholar since 2003. A graduate of Laingsburg High School, he is the son of Kelly Malloy.
“I am 100 percent grateful to Professor Derrick Hulme and the other Alma College faculty who supported my application and wrote letters of recommendation,” says Malloy, who graduated from Alma College in December. “I am reminded of the hard work and of those who helped me become capable of applying for such a prestigious award.”
Malloy has traveled to South and Central America but has never visited Spain. He will live in metropolitan Madrid and teach at a secondary technical school.
“I crave the art, history and culture of Spain that crosses paths with various Spanish dialects and regional languages,” says Malloy, who plans to leave for Spain in September. “I also cannot wait to start teaching again. I have taught all of my life and have grown accustomed to mentoring and guiding students toward setting and obtaining goals.”
Malloy grew interested in immigration issues during his study of the Spanish language at Alma College. He participated in research and alternative break experiences in El Paso and migrant camps in Michigan.
“I believe that education is key to changing the world for the better — a more accepting, united and safe world,” he says. “For the Fulbright, I proposed to research how Spaniards react to the presence of immigrants in the Spanish educational system. The majority of immigration to Spain is from South and Central American countries — people who speak the same language. It intrigues me to understand how Latinos fit in among their Spaniard cohorts and how well immigrant matriculation programs function in Spain.”
After returning from his one-year appointment in Spain, Malloy plans to apply for Teach for America “in hopes of ending education inequity among the United States’ Hispanic/Latino youth,” he says. He also plans to attend law school.
Student applications for the Fulbright Scholarship are reviewed and approved by the National Screening Committee of the Institute of International Education, the coordinating body for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. 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 makes the final selections.
The U.S. Student Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State to give recent undergraduate and graduate students, as well as young professionals a chance for an international experience and personal development.
Alma’s Nationally Competitive Scholarship Committee helps finalists search for appropriate postgraduate scholarships, then reviews the proposals and applications. Alma’s committee identifies and nurtures exceptional candidates for nationally competitive scholarships, grants and awards.
Posted: Fri, April 22nd, 2011 at 8:34AM