8 Fulbright Scholarships Awarded

For the second consecutive year, Rollins produces eight Fulbright award recipients.

This year, Rollins added eight students to the roster of Fulbright award recipients. Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 57 recipients (32 of whom have been named since 2006).

Traveling to eight countries on two continents, Matt Berman ’14, Rachel Bogdan ’14, Princess Dickens ’14, William Glass ’14, Jennifer Jokl ’14, Allen Kupetz ’14, Nadia Ramirez ’14, and Samar Shaukat ’14 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.

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Matt Berman ’14
Major: Economics
Country: Malaysia
“After completing an English teaching assistantship, I plan to start a nonprofit organization that gives underprivileged students an opportunity to travel abroad.”

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Rachel Bogdan ’14
Major: International Relations
Minor: Asian Studies
Country: Taiwan
“After studying abroad in Shanghai in fall 2012, I became passionate about learning about the politics, culture, and history of the People’s Republic of China and other East Asian countries. I have been studying Mandarin for two years, and I hope to work toward fluency during my stay in Taiwan.”

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Princess Dickens ’14
Major: Spanish
Minor: German and Communication Studies
Country: Germany
“I have a passion for studying languages and I'm hoping to improve my German. My great-grandparents came from Germany, and I want to be more in touch with the culture of my ancestors.”

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William Glass ’14
Major: International Relations
Country: Thailand
“I chose Thailand because of the connection I made to the country during a Rollins field study that I participated in my sophomore year. The experience looked at human rights abuses in Burma, and the focus was on Burmese refugees. While the field study was an amazing opportunity and I gained a wealth of knowledge, the focus was on a separate country, and I felt as if I barely scratched the surface of the culture and people in Thailand. I felt Fulbright was an opportunity to return and really explore the culture and people of Thailand.”

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Jennifer Jokl ’14
Major: International Business and Asian Studies
Country: Macau
“As the first and last European colony in China, Macau is also home to a unique mix of Portuguese and Chinese cultures, which I would love to explore and become immersed in.”

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Allen Kupetz ’14
Major: European Studies
Country: Germany
“I want to understand German culture on a more immersive and personal level. This may pave the way for future job opportunities in Germany and elsewhere, which means I will be able to remain in Europe and pursue my career as a writer.”

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Nadia Ramirez ’13
Major: International Relations
Minor: Economics and Asian Studies
Country: South Korea
“I studied abroad in China and learned about how East Asian cultures share a common root. I want to expand my knowledge.What better way to do that than while pursuing one of my passions—language education.”

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Samar Shaukat ’14
Major: Anthropology and Latin American & Caribbean Studies
Minor: Spanish
Country: Indonesia
“Being immersed in a different culture is right up my alley, and I am looking forward to discovering how I can turn this into a dream career.”

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George D. and Harriet W. Cornell Professor of Religion Yudit Greenberg has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture at Jindal Global University in India during the 2014–15 academic year. Greenberg is one of approximately 1,100 U.S. faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program in 2014–15.

In addition to teaching a seminar with a focus on the religions of Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism, Greenberg will contribute to the implementation of liberal arts pedagogy and interdisciplinarity into the curriculum and classroom experience at Jindal Global University and other Indian universities. 

Fulbright recipients are among more than 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than 60 years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

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.