Two Berea College Students Named Fulbright Semi-Finalists


Berea, KY- Cayla Jones ’17 and Logan Lee Smith ‘17 are both semi-finalists for the post-graduate Fulbright Scholarship. These two graduating seniors will now compete at the international level. The Fulbright Program is the international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. State Department. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through cultural engagement.

Cayla Jones applied to be an English teaching assistant in Germany. She intends on teaching German students messages of tolerance, multiplicity of thought, and the hidden secrets of communication alongside American culture through American English studies. Due to the fact that her family’s history has been silenced, she plans on educating students on effective ways to retell their families’ history.

Logan Lee Smith intends on researching human trafficking in Iceland. Due to her passion and the fact that Iceland’s 3-year Anti-Human-Trafficking campaign has been extremely successful, she would like to study the strategies that Iceland has used to combat human trafficking and apply them to the United States.

The semi-finalists will find out later in the spring if they are finalists.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright, of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided opportunities for more than 300,000 people from the United States and from countries around the world to observe each others’ political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world’s inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

You do not need to be enrolled currently at Berea College to apply; both graduating seniors and students who have already graduated can apply at the following link: https://www.berea.edu/cie/fulbright-us-student-program/. The Berea deadline for the application is September 30th every year. #BereaAbroad #Fulbright