Four graduating seniors were selected for Fulbright grants last spring, with 20 students named Fulbright scholars since 1999.Last spring Fulbrights were awarded to Ashley Ann Bennett ’10 to teach English in Mainz, Germany; Krista Foltz ’10 to conduct math research at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, Chile; Lily Niland ’10 to conduct original linguistics research in Peru; and Brett Tolman ’10 to teach English in Sri Lanka.
Tolman hopes to inspire students to think critically about issues such as educational development and environmental protection, and hopes to eventually work as a community organizer, promoting social and economic policies that place human dignity — starting with the alleviation of poverty — at the forefront.
The Fulbright Program is one of the most successful fellowship programs in existence. About 1,500 students and 1,300 scholars from the United States and abroad are studying and working on Fulbrights this year.
The program funds study, research and teaching abroad in an effort to increase mutual understanding and empathy between nations. Scholars are selected based on academic merit and leadership potential.
Also last spring, David Kellner-Rode ’11 was the first Linfield student to receive one of 80 Udall Foundation scholarships in the U.S. The scholarship is given to students who demonstrate a commitment to careers focused on promoting environmental sustainability.
Leah Sedy ’12 was selected for a Boren scholarship to study in Kyoto, Japan, at the Center for Japanese Language and Culture at Doshisha University.
History instructor Deborah Olsen is the competitive scholarships advisor and mentor.