Addison Dlott ’19 had just subscribed to a newsletter when she received an email notification on her phone. Assuming it was a confirmation message, she opened her phone to read “On behalf of the Fulbright Committee, congratulations on your award…”
“I was floored,” she said. “I was just so excited and so grateful.”
She is one of two IC students to receive Fulbrights to spend the 2019-2020 academic year working on projects overseas. Dlott will teach English in Malaysia, while Grant Brighter ’19 will conduct research in a neuroscience lab in Norway. Alumna Zihui Adams ’17, MS ’18, will teach English in Taiwan.
“We had 11 high-quality Fulbright applications this year, and I’m delighted to hear of these three winners,” said Hugh Egan, professor in the Department of English and faculty liaison for students seeking external grants and awards. “Grant, Addie and Zihui all worked very hard on composing and re-working their application materials. The reward is a Fulbright experience that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It provides college seniors and recent graduates — chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchanging ideas and contributing to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Ithaca College has a lengthy track record of successfully placing student Fulbright applicants. The college regularly ranks among the top Master’s institutions for faculty and student Fulbright awards.