Three IC students, Kelly Helin, Sarah Kessler, and Betsabe Luna, have won the prestigious Fulbright award for 2007-2008.
For the past 17 years, Ithaca College has had tremendous success with one student winning a Fulbright award every year or two. Last year, for the first time, two IC students won Fulbright awards. This year, three IC students have won this prestigious award!
Kelly Helin will be going to Bulgaria to teach and conduct research with regard to teaching in Bulgarian high schools and orphanages. She has special plans for the use of tales and games in the teaching of English and American culture in the Bulgarian educational system. Upon returning to the States after her Fulbright experience, Kelly plans to do graduate studies in English, Education, and Teaching English as a second language.
Sarah Kessler, one of our Martin Luther King Jr. Scholars, will be 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. Upon returning to the States after her Fulbright experience, Sarah plans to do graduate studies in Political Theory and International Relations.
Betsabe Luna will be going to Spain to teach and conduct research with regard to teaching in Spanish high schools, and secondarily, to work with Madrid organizations dealing with issues of domestic violence. Upon returning to the States after her Fulbright experience, Betsabe plans to work both with teaching English to speakers of other languages and with non-profit organizations involved with outreach and community development around the world.
Fulbright program awards range from study or research projects in countries across the globe, to teaching English and American literature to high school students in any of a wide range of countries. The deadline for applications for 2008-2009 awards is September 30, 2007. Information on the various awards and application materials can be found at www.fulbrightonline.org. Students interested in participating in a program of study abroad the year after graduation should see our faculty Fulbright contact, Prof. Sternstein, (x1494, 401 Williams) before leaving campus this semester. He will answer questions, explain more about the program, talk about how to write a competitive application, explain what needs to be done over the summer with regard to the application, etc.