Twelve Williams Students and Alumni Awarded Fulbright Grants

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., May 10, 2019—Eight Williams College students and four graduates have been offered Fulbright grants for 2019-20.

One of the honorees will receive a one-year grant to study or conduct research in their academic fields, two will pursue an academic year-long internship with a Mexican for-profit company or NGO in Mexico City, and nine will receive English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) for teaching abroad. English Teaching Assistants help local students increase their English language skills and their knowledge of the United States. All Fulbrighters work, live with, and learn from the people of their host country, sharing daily experiences and working to develop academic and professional expertise.

Additional Williams applicants have been designated as alternates. Decisions for those candidates will be made later in the spring.

The Fulbright winners from Williams are:

Marit Bjornlund ’18, a mathematics and political science major from Bethesda, Md., an academic internship with a Mexican organization

Molly Bodurtha ’17, an Asian studies and philosophy major from Stamford, Conn., a research grant in economic development to Cambodia

Rachel Cucinella ’19, an English and philosophy major from Bayside, N.Y., an English teaching assistantship to South Korea

David Folsom ’17, a physics major from Hampton, N.J., an English teaching assistantship to Spain

Samuel Grunebaum ’19, a comparative literature and computer science major from New York, N.Y., an English teaching assistantship to Spain

Jonathan Hall ’19, a chemistry and mathematics major from Rockville Centre, N.Y., an English teaching assistantship to Germany

David Han ’19, a political science and Russian major from Irvine, Calif., an English teaching assistantship to Russia

Estefani Hernandez ’19, an English major from New York, N.Y., an English teaching assistantship to Peru

Oscar Hurtado ’17, a political science major from Fullerton, Calif., an academic internship with a Mexican organization

David Kwan ’19, a history major from Lewes, Del., an English teaching assistantship to Malaysia

Emma Reichheld ’19, a psychology and Spanish major from Concord, Mass., an English teaching assistantship to Mexico

Olivia Segal ’19, an Arabic studies major from Valhalla, N.Y., an English teaching assistantship to Morocco

The Fulbright Program is funded by the Department of State and is the largest international exchange program in the United States. It was established by the U.S. Congress in 1946 and offers various grants in research and teaching for students, scholars, and professionals.

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Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.

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