Foreign Language Studies Fulbrights
Over thle years, several students in the Foreign Language Studies Department have earned prestigious Fulbright Awards. These awards have allowed them to travel the world to teach and study. Here are some brief descriptions of their time abroad as Fulbright Scholars.
Two students awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships
Fulbright scholars Kelley Garland ’16 (Wantagh, N.Y.) and Abbey Guerino ’16 (Milford, Conn.), both members of the College’s Liberal Arts Honors Program, spent a year teaching English to secondary school students alongside a master teacher.
Garland traveled to the Czech Republic, where she had an internship with a nonprofit and took a political science course in the summer of 2014. Guerino returned to Spain, where she spent spring 2015 at the University of Seville and volunteering in a fourth-grade classroom.
Garland, who was PC’s senior class president, was a global studies major and had minors in sociology and French, as well as a business studies certificate.
Guerino, who majored in English and Spanish, was a member of PC’s Campus Ministry. In addition to serving as Peer Ministry coordinator as a senior, she coordinated Campus Ministry’s English as a Second Language program for campus food service and janitorial workers in her sophomore year.
Two language students receive Fulbright awards
Emily M. Kennedy ’15 (Tallahassee, Fla.) and Vincent A. Whalen ’15 (Eatontown, N.J.) spent a year abroad thanks to Fulbright awards. Kennedy, a global studies major who minored in Spanish, political science, and Latin American studies, received a Fulbright Research Grant to study a social movement to improve water access in a rural community near Buenos Aires, Argentina. Whalen, who majored in Spanish and economics, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Scholarship to IE University in Madrid, Spain. He worked with faculty and business students at IE, where courses are taught in Spanish and English.
For Fulbright scholar Smith ’14, learning is a lifelong journey
Alanna E. Smith ’14 (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.), an English major and a Spanish minor, spent a year in Nepal as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) scholar.
Smith was the sixth Providence College student in four years to be awarded a competitive, merit-based grant from the Fulbright Program. She was one of approximately 1,700 students to receive a Fulbright ETA grant and earned just one of six grants — from more than 50 applicants — to teach in Nepal.
Emma Wright Teaches in Germany through Fulbright ETA
Emma Wright ’12 (Lake Hill, N.Y.) combined her passions for international travel and sustainable food policy in Germany during her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. Wright graduated summa cum laude as a history major and as a minor in both French and German. She has visited Germany twice through an exchange program at her high school. She also served as an au pair in Germany and Martinique. In addition to working in an English-language classroom, Wright — a dietary vegan — compared American and German food policies and the health and longevity of people in both countries
Glass ’11 Earns Fulbright Award to Teach in Turkey
Leah Glass ’11 (Troy, N.Y.), who earned magna cum laude honors at PC as a global studies major with minors in black studies and Spanish, was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to teach English and American culture at Mehmet Akif Ersoy University in Burdur, Turkey.
PC Professors Steer Allen ’09 Toward Fulbright Teaching Assistantship
Tom Allen ’09, was awarded an English Language Teaching Assistantship in Austria, which is part of a program administered by the Fulbright Commission through the Austrian-American Education Commission (AAEC) for the Austrian Ministry for Education, the Arts, and Culture. As a political science major with a German minor at PC, Allen applied for the assistantship after PC German professors Rev. Leonard P. Hindsley, Ph.D. and Dr. Laurent Gousie urged him to pursue German as a career option.
U.S. Student Fulbright Grant Awarded to Kristina H. Reardon ’08
Kristina H. Reardon ’08 received a U.S. Student Fulbright Grant to conduct research in Ljubljana, Slovenia, — translating into English the fiction written by women in the area since Slovenia declared independence in 1991, and then compiling it into an anthology. A double major in English and Spanish with a minor in women’s studies, Reardon graduated with summa cum laude honors and as a member of the Liberal Arts Honors Program.
Richard ’04 Researches Worker Conditions through Fulbright
Providence College alumna Tylea Richard ’04 used a Fulbright fellowship to study the quality of life of garment workers in the Dominican Republic. Richard, who was a public and community service studies major and a Spanish minor, began researching workers’ rights issues in the garment sector as part of her senior capstone project and has been working in the labor movement or garment industry ever since.