Edwards, Reyes, Wallace Named Fulbright Scholars

Brittany Edwards ’17, Destiny Reyes ’17, and Meghan Wallace ’17 have been awarded 2018-19 Fulbright Scholarships.

Destiny Reyes ’17, Brittany Edwards ’17, and Meghan Wallace ’17 Destiny Reyes ’17, Brittany Edwards ’17, and Meghan Wallace ’17

Three Rollins graduates were recently added to the College’s long legacy of Fulbright Scholars. Brittany Edwards ’17, Destiny Reyes ’17, and Meghan Wallace ’17 have been awarded 2018-19 Fulbright Scholarships to participate in the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program.

Edwards and Wallace will teach English in Taiwan and Spain, respectively. Reyes, who earned a Fulbright to teach English in Greece, has turned down the scholarship in order to enroll at Cornell Law School this fall.

A fourth Rollins graduate, SJ Renfroe ’18, is an alternate for a highly competitive research fellowship in Norway.

Edwards and Wallace will be the 42nd and 43rd Tars to participate in the Fulbright Program since 2006. Rollins has been named a top producer of U.S. Fulbright scholars six times.

We recently caught up with the trio of global ambassadors as they prepare to take their next step in their meaningful lives and productive careers.

Meghan Wallace ’17
Major: International Relations
Fulbright assignment: Teacher’s assistant at a secondary school in Madrid

How Rollins prepared her: “Everything at Rollins fell under that whole umbrella of global citizenship. I had the opportunity to study in Nepal and, later, to study in Peru for a couple months. It really cultivated that passion for the Spanish language and other cultures. I was also involved with the Immersion program and the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement. I got to be the coordinator for the Immersion program and learn more about service and implementing service in education. With Immersions, you get to explore so many different topics. I led one on indigenous rights. We did one on immigration. It’s all about how you can actually put what you’re learning into practice.”

Her post-Fulbright plans: “Eventually I think I want to go back to school. I don’t have a particular program set in my mind yet, but I’m definitely interested in continuing my education and learning more. Whatever that looks like, and however that is shaped by the Fulbright experience, is to be determined.”

Brittany Edwards ’17
International Relations and Asian Studies
Fulbright assignment: English teaching assistant in Changhua on the west coast of Taiwan

How Rollins prepared her: “[Jayashree Shivamoggi, director of external and competitive scholarships], has spent so long with the Fulbright Program that she really knows how to help you tailor your personal statements to highlight the parts of you that they are interested in seeing. You can write a really good paper, but sometimes it doesn’t emphasize how you connect specifically to that country. They have a lot of pointers and experience working with Fulbright and how to best direct you for success.”

Her post-Fulbright plans: “I’ve thought about going back to East Asia, either China or Japan, and teaching English there. I’ve also been really interested in the global peace and ethics programs at some universities. I’m leaning towards that, but it all depends on financial opportunities.”

Destiny Reyes ’17
Philosophy and English
Next step: Enrolling at Cornell Law School

How Rollins prepared her: “Law, when you really break it down, is reading, writing, analyzing, and understanding people. I think between philosophy and English I got a lot of that. Philosophy taught me how to think well, how to analyze, and really get to the point in a way that’s not fluffy or unnecessary. Either way I would have gone, I would have been well prepared. The professors and the staff at Rollins really care about their students. I think that’s a big reason for opportunities that I have now, and I’m very grateful for that.”

Her post-law-school plans: “I will probably end up practicing law in New York City, and I’d really like to clerk for a judge at some point. I’d really love to own my own law firm and maybe work abroad. I know I want to practice law. I’d like to see if I can make an impact and help people. I’d like to at least dabble in human rights, but I think law school or any graduate program is where you’re supposed to figure out what niche area of that field you really fit into, the one you can help people the most in.”

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