Nazareth Students Receive Prestigious Fulbrights

Nazareth College is proud to announce that the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has selected Joshua Hurd of Livonia, N.Y., Leslie Johnson of Watertown, N.Y., and Ashley Yerdon '13 of Mexico, N.Y. as recipients of the 2013-2014 U.S. Junior Fulbright awards. In the last six years, there have been 21 Fulbrights awarded to Nazareth College students.

hurd.jpgHurd '13, a German and French double major with inclusive adolescence education certification, will teach English at a secondary school in Germany, while also continuing his work with high school exchange students and bringing ultimate frisbee to his host school. Upon completion of his teaching year, Hurd plans to work abroad for some time before pursuing a master’s and eventually a doctorate degree in German studies or education.

leslie-johnson.jpgJohnson '13, a double major in sociology and inclusive childhood/middle childhood education, will teach English in Malaysia. During her year abroad, she hopes to establish an English conversation club, where students can practice their language skills in a comfortable setting.

yerdon.jpgYerdon '13, a double major in German Language and Literature and International Studies with a minor in Asian Studies, will teach English in Germany. She studied abroad in Berlin in the Fall of 2011, where she interned at the German-Japanese Cultural Center. She helped with the cultural events like concerts, silent film screenings and art exhibitions. After her Fulbright year in Germany, she would like to continue studying in Germany before possibly pursuing graduate school.

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.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.