Alma College senior Deve Wishart of Troy has been awarded the prestigious post-graduate Fulbright Scholarship to teach and study in Germany.
Wishart, who will graduate in April with double majors in English and German, becomes Alma’s 26th Fulbright Scholar since 2003. A graduate of Troy High School, she is the daughter of Paula Miller-Wishart and Kurtis Wishart.
“I was in the middle of a panel at the Sigma Tau Delta International Convention when I saw a message from a friend saying congratulations,” says Wishart in describing her reaction to learning she had received the award. “Since I was in the middle of a panel, I had to wait for it to finish before I could check my phone. Once the panel was over, I was ecstatic messaging everyone who helped me throughout the process of applying. It was nice to know all of my hard work had paid off.”
Though she has not yet been informed of her specific placement in Germany, Wishart will serve as an English teaching assistant while also having the opportunity of doing service work.
“I plan on working with refugees seeking asylum in Germany by helping them to learn German — something I look forward to immensely,” she says.
Following her 10-month Fulbright experience, Wishart plans to teach English as a second language in international schools, with the eventual hope of going into education reform.
“However, I am open to other opportunities as they present themselves,” says Wishart, who also serves as Student Congress treasurer, German Club president and Writing Center tutor. “I am excited to see what the future holds.”
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.