8 Fulbright Scholarships Awarded

Rollins produces a record number of Fulbright scholars.

Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 49 Fulbright award recipients (24 of whom have been named since 2006). This year, Rollins added eight more students to the list.

Anne Fertig ’13 received a Fulbright scholarship grant to study at the University of Glasgow, and seven students have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships. Traveling to five countries on three continents, Erin Buthman ’13, Alia El-Assar ’12, Mike Gallace ’13, Lambrini Kolios ’13, Ryan Lambert ’13, Kelci Reyes-Brannon ’13, and Benjamin Varnum ’13 will spend time in host countries teaching English as a foreign language and fostering mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries. They join over 1,600 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2013-14 academic year through Fulbright U.S. Student Program.


Erin Buthman ’13
Major: Economics
Minor: Spanish
Country: Spain

“Spain faces many environmental and economic challenges; I’m excited to see how their culture impacts their solutions to these and hope to bring back experience that will help me do the same in the U.S.”

Alia El-Assar ’12
Major: Spanish and International Relations
Country: Mexico

“I am very excited to learn more about Mexican culture and way of life, and I hope that my acquired knowledge will prove useful in dialogues about multiculturalism and immigration upon my return.”

Mike Gallace ’13
Major: International Business
Country: Vietnam

“I chose Vietnam because I wanted to be in Southeast Asia and teaching at the university level. Vietnam is the best place for both.”

Lambrini Kolios ’13
Major: International Business
Minor: Asian Studies
Country: Taiwan

“When I studied abroad in Shanghai during my sophomore year, I fell in love with the country, the culture, and the people. I chose to apply for a Fulbright grant because I wanted to gain a new perspective of China by living in democratic Taiwan.”

Ryan Lambert ’13
Major: Philosophy
Minor: German and Theater Arts
Country: Germany

“I chose Germany because it best allowed me to further my German language skills and explore the cultural landscape of my ancestors.”

 Kelci Reyes-Brannon ’13
Major: International Relations
Country: Brazil

“I studied abroad [in Brazil] my junior year for a semester [as part of the] SIT program and fell in love with the culture. I lived with a homestay family and conducted field research. I knew that I would return to brazil one day, and I did. Last summer (2012), I completed further research funded by Rollins.”

Benjamin Varnum ’13
Major: Economics and Spanish
Country: Malaysia

“Malaysia has a booming information technology sector and is geographically located near a number of important international cities.  I have had the chance to intern in infrastructure and technology companies, and my time in the country will give me a chance to build critical cultural skills that may become useful in my future opportunities.”

Two Rollins faculty members also received Fulbright grants. Assistant Professor of International Business Tonia Warnecke ’99 was selected for the Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in International Development Studies at McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and Associate Professor of International Business Mary Conway Dato-on received a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Award for the 2013-14 academic year, during which she will spend the fall semester in IPADE conducting research in the area of social entrepreneurship.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to pursue international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Rollins students interested in applying to the Fulbright program should contact Director of External and Competitive Scholarships Jay Shivamoggi at jshivamoggi@rollins.edu or 407-646-2346.