Alma's 22nd Fulbright Scholar To Teach in Thailand
Alma College senior Heidi Beckmann of Alma has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to Thailand, where she will teach English and volunteer with an organization to prevent child trafficking.
Beckmann becomes Alma’s 22nd Fulbright Scholar since 2003. A graduate of Alma High School, she is the daughter of Joe and Denise Beckmann.
“After I opened the email, I double-checked the message before I hugged the first person next to me,” says Beckmann in describing her reaction to learning she had received the award. “Then I ran to tell my dad and everyone else.”
In addition to teaching English to middle and high school students, Beckmann is interested in volunteering with a non-profit social organization in Thailand that works to prevent the illegal trafficking of women and children into exploitative situations.
“Although I have not yet been informed about my regional assignment, I asked to volunteer with the Development and Education Programme for Daughters and Communities, which is in Mae Sai in northern Thailand,” she says.
Beckmann is graduating from Alma College in April with a double major in French and sociology and a double minor in Spanish and anthropology. Though she is undecided about her plans following her yearlong Fulbright experience, she is considering the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and graduate 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: Thu, April 5th, 2012 at 8:29AM