Fulbright, Other State Department Awards Send Students and New Alumni to Teach All Over the World
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Davidson College continues to be well represented across the globe, with grants and fellowships sending a number of students to far-flung places to study and teach.

Five class of 2019 students accepted Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to teach abroad.

The U.S. Student Program offers students and young adults opportunities to study internationally through advanced research and university, primary and secondary language teaching.

It’s the largest U.S. exchange program and awards about 2,000 grants each year for a wide range of studies in more than 140 countries worldwide.

Fulbright Recipients

Jalin Jackson ’19, an Africana Studies and Latin American Studies major from Lawnside, New Jersey, received an English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Panama.

Hannah Sommerlad ’19 an English major from Chicago, received an English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Taiwan.

Emilee Lord ’19, a History and Hispanic Studies major and Terry Scholar from Asheville, North Carolina, received an English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Colombia.

Emma Wilbur ’19, a Political Science and Russian Studies major from Biltmore Lake, North Carolina, received an English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Uzbekistan.

Alexa Cole ’19, an English major from Plymouth, Massachusetts, received an English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Colombia.

Two other recent Davidson graduates were selected but declined their Fulbright grants.

AJ Naddaff ’19, who majored in Political Science and Arab Studies, was selected for a Research Fulbright in Jordan but instead accepted the Center for Arabic Study Abroad Fellowship in Cairo.

Isaac Mervis ’19, who double majored in Music and Interdisciplinary Studies (Education and Community Studies) was selected for an English Teaching Assistantship in Korea but will instead serve as Program Manager and Summer Site Director for Summerbridge Hong Kong.

Emma Slater ’19, an Arab Studies major from Charlotte, Vermont, was selected as an alternate for an English Teaching Assistantship in Algeria.

Gilman Scholarship

Anna Jones ’20 has won a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship grant to study abroad in Ghana. Jones is a biology major from Decatur, Georgia.

The Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs awards the grants to ensure that students from diverse backgrounds have the opportunity to study and intern abroad in diverse locations. It aims to prepare them for global careers that contribute to the United States’ national security and economic prosperity.

Darlene Diaz ’22 also received a Gilman grant to study in Colombia but declined the offer.

Critical Language Scholarships

Grace Covelli ’19 and Anna Dolder ’20 have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships.

The U.S. Department of State sponsors the scholarships to encourage Americans to study abroad and master foreign languages in areas that are critical to United States security and economic interests.

Covelli, a biology major with a minor in Arab Studies, will study Persian in Tajikistan. Dolder, an Arab Studies major, will study Arabic in Morocco.

Catherine Cartier ’20 and Dana Schrock ’19 were also offered CLS awards but declined to pursue other opportunities. Clara Hare-Grogg ’18 was selected as an alternate to study Arabic.


  • May 31, 2019


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