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In the three years since the program’s inception, six Palm Beach Atlantic students or recent graduates have earned highly sought-after Fulbright awards to teach English overseas. The award is one of the highest honors an American college student can receive.
The program advises a diverse group of students, coordinates support during the application process and offers students a clear method for approaching any prestigious application.
PBA students have served or will serve as cultural ambassadors in Taiwan, South Korea, Bulgaria, Spain and Burma as a result of the program. The next class of Fulbright students includes Isabella Lindh ’18, headed for Bulgaria; Sarah Selden ’19, headed for Spain; and Chanel Nasser ’20, headed for Burma.
The Prestigious National Scholarship Program is led by Dr. Carl Miller, associate professor of English, and overseen by Dr. Robert Lloyd, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. Also serving were Dr. Elizabeth Stice, associate professor of history, and Dr. Donald McCulloch, associate professor of psychology. Recently, Dr. Eric Tippin, assistant professor of English, has joined the committee. Committee members enlist the help of other faculty and staff to shepherd students through the process.
The University’s first Fulbright came in 2018, when senior English major Esther Hagan won an English Teaching Assistantship and served in Taiwan. Hagan was followed by James Davisson ’19, who served in South Korea, and Allison Rice ’19, who served in Bulgaria. In January, Rice will return to Bulgaria for a second term.
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Photo: Esther Hagan, PBA's first Fulbright student, teaches children in Taiwan.