Alma College senior Brooke Tubbs of St. Louis has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship to study and research education programs in the Philippines.
Tubbs, who graduates this spring with a major in integrative physiology and health science and a minor in Spanish, becomes Alma’s 27th Fulbright Scholar since 2003. A graduate of St. Louis High School, she is the daughter of Craig and Laurie Tubbs.
“I was speechless and overwhelmed,” says Tubbs in describing her reaction to learning she had received the post-graduate award. “All of the hours, late nights and stress of the application process were worth it. I feel so humbled to have been selected.”
She will report to Angeles City initially, but her research requires her to travel to other cities and rural areas in the Southeast Asian country.
“I will be investigating the perceptions of teachers on inclusive education within their school systems,” she says. “I hope to gather their opinions and also develop strategies to better implement inclusive education programs. In addition, I hope to find some volunteer work and possibly take some Filipino language classes.”
Following her 10-month Fulbright experience, Tubbs plans to enter a doctoral program in occupational therapy, with hopes for a career as an occupational therapist working with people with disabilities.
In addition to her classroom studies, Tubbs has remained active on campus during her four years at Alma. She has studied abroad in Ecuador, chaired the campus Relay for Life event, taught water aerobics and was an active member of the Hispanic Coalition, organizing campus and community events highlighting Hispanic culture.
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.