Centre student wins Fulbright
RELEASED: May 22, 2003
DANVILLE, KYJessica Hunt will spend the upcoming academic year abroad after being chosen as a Fulbright winner.
The Centre senior will be teaching English at a school in Amiens, France, just outside of Paris. She begins teaching on Oct. 1.
Hunt, who will graduate with a double major in English and French on May 25, studied abroad in Strasbourg, France, in 2001.
"I'm so excited to get back to Europe, to France and to the French," Hunt said. "The experience I had in Strasbourg has made Europe feel like home to me."
A native of Tompkinsville, Ky., Hunt will work this summer with the Office of Disability Employment Policy to help disabled Americans find employment. This experience will prove useful in France as she'll also be studying European disability policy at the European Union Court of Human Rights while there. She'll compile a report that will compare European disability policy to U.S. policy.
"I feel it's imperative that an international dialogue be started on these issues," Hunt said. "So that people, no matter their abilities, can encourage and participate in the free exchange of ideas across international boundaries."
Lori Hartmann-Mahmud, assistant professor of international studies, served as Centre's Fulbright advisor. Hunt also credited Matton Professor of Psychology Brent White for his help.
Hunt extends a Centre tradition that has produced 22 Fulbright winners in the past 10 years.
The college also has produced a Rhodes Scholar as well as Truman and Goldwater scholarship winners in that span. Fulbright Fellows receive full grants, travel grants, and/or teaching assistantships that allow them to pursue one academic year of self-designed study and/or research in a foreign country.
The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by former Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Fulbright alumni include Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners, governors and senators, ambassadors and artists, prime ministers and heads of state, professors and scientists, Supreme Court Justices and CEOs.
For more on the program, go to http://www.iie.org/TemplateFulbright.cfm?section=Fulbright1.
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