“I was also interested in journalism and climate change and how people talk about climate change and process that information,” she said. “In Samoa, they have a very interesting history with journalism and storytelling.”
While in Samoa, McElroy is planning to work with the organization Samoan Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development and will be studying the impact of Samoan climate journalism on community resilience to climate change.
McElroy credited several professors and staff members for helping her secure her scholarship, including Allison Frisch, assistant professor of journalism; Fae Dremock, assistant professor of environmental studies and science; and Michael Smith, professor of history.
Though McElroy’s scholarship has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she is excited to take the next step in her career path.
“It’s really flattering to think that the work that I did at Ithaca as an undergrad has paid off in this way,” she said. “The point of Fulbright is for it to be a cultural exchange, and I am so excited for that.”
Holland accepted an English teaching assistant award in La Rioja, Spain. Gignoux was offered, but did not accept, a Fulbright/Aberystwyth University Award to pursue a master’s degree in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides college seniors and recent graduates — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach or conduct research internationally, exchanging ideas and contributing to finding solutions to shared concerns. The Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program offers to college faculty the opportunity to teach and/or conduct research in over 125 countries.
Ithaca College has consistently produced Fulbright winners. Since 1995, more than 40 students have won awards, while at least 27 faculty members have received awards since 1998. Earlier this year, the Chronicle of Higher Education recognized the college as a top producer of Fulbright winners.