Three H&S Students Win Fulbright Awards

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. Over 5,000 students apply each year for awards to study and teach abroad, and the competition for these awards is intense. Ithaca College has been successful over the last 17 years, with one student winning a Fulbright award every year, and IC had two student winners in 1986 and 2006. This year, however, three IC students won this prestigious award -- and all three of them are students in the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Kelly Helin, a double major in English and Spanish, is going to Bulgaria to teach and to conduct research about teaching in Bulgarian high schools and orphanages. Sarah Kessler, a double major in politics and instrumental music and a Martin Luther King Jr. scholar, is going to South Korea to do human rights research in collaboration with the Human Rights Commission of Korea, the Migrant Welfare Center, and Hanyang University. And Betsabe Luna, a sociology major with double concentrations in clinical sociology and race and ethnic relations, is going to Spain to teach and to conduct research about teaching in Spanish high schools. In addition, she will work with Madrid organizations dealing with issues of domestic violence.