Ithaca College student Stephanie Mooney ’21 has been selected for a Killam Fellowship by Fulbright Canada. Mooney will spend the spring 2020 semester studying at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario.
The Killam Fellowship Program allows undergraduate students from Canada and the United States to participate in a program of binational residential exchange. Fellows receive a cash award of $5,000 per semester. Fellowships are available to students from only 15 partner institutions in the U.S., including Ithaca College, Smith College, Vanderbilt University and Wellesley College.
“I really couldn’t believe it. I was in a state of shock and just really excited,” Mooney said of the moment she learned of her selection. “It’s such an amazing academic opportunity.”
Mooney said the Killam program intrigued her because of the opportunity to study abroad at a Canadian university, as opposed to traditional study abroad programs at affiliated American centers. A culture and communication major, Mooney plans to take courses in development studies while at Queens University.
“I’m interested in the development of media across cultures and how they integrate it into their societies,” she said.
Robert Sullivan, associate professor of communication studies, encouraged Mooney to apply for the fellowship and assisted her with the application process.
“Stephanie is an extraordinarily accomplished and focused student,” Sullivan said. “Her award helps shine a light on how study abroad can be used to achieve the highest academic goals.”
Fulbright Canada is a binational, treaty-based, non-governmental, nonprofit organization with a mandate to identify the best and brightest minds in Canada and the U.S. and engage them in residential academic exchange.