Berea, KY- Joseph Nance ’16 (Knoxville, TN), Aja Croteau ’16 (Winchester, KY), Liana Madrid ’16 (Brownsville, TX), are all Berea Nominees for the post-graduate Fulbright Scholarship. These three graduating seniors will now compete at the national level. The Fulbright Program is the international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries through cultural engagement.
Joseph Nance has an interest in the motivations behind the younger generation’s interest in displaying social status via different social media outlets. Therefore, he applied to go to graduate school at City University in London, UK. Although Joseph would be in graduate school, he plans to continue his journey through London by connecting with people through social media.
Aja Croteau applied to be an English teaching assistant in Belgium. Aja studied French throughout middle and high school, which exposed her passion for exploring new languages and cultures. As an additional project, Aja plans to combat the food issues that are arise in Belgium. She has vast experience working with food security and teaching people how to grow their own healthier food.
Due to her study abroad experience this past spring, Liana Madrid intends to return to South Korea to teach English to high schoolers. Liana became intrigued with how the different generations maintain their culture while also progressing socially and culturally. In addition to teaching, Liana has proposed an afterschool photography project to help the high schoolers express themselves and their cultural identity.
The Berea Nominees will find out in December if they will move forward as semi- 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 approximately 325,400 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 at Berea College to apply. Students who have already graduated can apply as well at the following link: https://www.berea.edu/cie/fulbright-us-student-program/. The deadline for the application is September 30th every award year. #BereaAbroad #Fulbright