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Nazareth College Students Receive Prestigious 2014-2015 Fulbright Awards

Published April 17, 2014

Nazareth College is proud to announce that the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has selected Teri Bunce of Spencer, N.Y., Katelynn Kundrata of Hamlin, N.Y., and Matthew Maloney of Fairport, N.Y. as recipients of the 2014-2015 U.S. Junior Fulbright award. In the last five years, there have been 18 Fulbrights awarded to Nazareth College students. In October 2013, the Chronicle of Higher Education recognized Nazareth among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. student awards (scroll to bottom of article) in its category of master's institutions.

Bunce ‘14, an international studies and history double major with a minor in French, will teach English in South Korea. Her proposed community engagement project is to establish an a cappella English ensemble for teenaged boys and girls that builds upon the students’ interest in American pop music and promote group solidarity, team building, and cultural exchange. Upon her return, Bunce plans to attend graduate school in the Washington, D.C. area and pursue a career in international relations.

Kundrata ‘14G is a TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) major in the School of Education. She will teach English in primary and secondary schools in Malaysia. Kundrata’s proposed community engagement project is to involve her students and the community in an art project focused on cultural understanding. Through art, students would depict the beauty of their surroundings using a variety of methods including drawing, painting, and writing. Kundrata would facilitate the creation of a mural (temporary or permanent) as a culminating activity, allowing students to practice their language and artistic skills collaboratively. She plans to continue teaching English upon her return.

Maloney ’14 is a history and Spanish double major with minors in legal studies and political science. He will travel to Andorra to teach English at Centre de Formació Professional to young adults ages 16-18. Maloney’s proposed community engagement project is to start an ultimate frisbee team. Maloney played on a team in Valencia, Spain and has been captain at Nazareth College’s ultimate frisbee team for three years.

Nazareth College would also like to recognize the work of Fulbright Program Advisor Mark Madigan and the Fulbright Campus Committee made up of Scott Campbell, Hilda Chacon, Nevan Fisher and Heather Lewis, as well as the faculty who wrote letters of recommendation for the student candidates.

Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program’s objective is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world. Sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program is America’s flagship international education exchange. Approximately 279,500 “Fulbrights,” 105,400 from the United States and 174,100 from other countries, have participated in the Program since its inception over fifty years ago.

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