Centre College has a history of producing Fulbright scholars, and that tradition continues this year with Parker Lawson ’15, who received a Fulbright Scholarship to be an English Teaching Assistant in a bilingual public secondary school in Madrid beginning in September.
“In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I am especially excited to serve as a coordinator for Global Classrooms, a model United Nations program that prepares students to write and debate proposals from the perspective of various countries around the world,” Lawson said.
“I participated in a similar program during high school called Kentucky United Nations Assembly,” he continued. “I’m looking forward to building on my past experiences as an advisor and mentor to my students in Madrid.”
Lawson first set his sights on the Fulbright scholarship in 2014 when he was studying abroad at the University of Lleida in Catalonia, Spain, which is one of Centre’s many study abroad opportunities.
“The application statistics for the Fulbright to Spain are daunting, but it is the country about which I am most passionate, so I couldn’t see myself applying anywhere else,” Lawson said. “This opportunity will allow me to build on my international studies and Spanish majors by bringing both disciplines together in a rich educational environment.”
According to Lawson, Centre began preparing him for this opportunity as soon as he stepped foot on campus as a student.
“The preparation I received in and outside of the classroom provided the foundation to construct a compelling narrative for why I should receive the award,” he said.
Lawson credits much of his success to his professors, including Allison Connolly, Núria Sabaté-Llobera, Genny Ballard, Kyle Anderson and Jon Earle.
“Lastly, I owe all of my success to my family. My education as a global citizen began with my parents, who have truly given me wings to fly around the world.”
A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Lawson is an international studies and Spanish major originally from Louisville, Ky., and has been active in a variety of organizations during his time at Centre. He was president of Delta Kappa Epsilon and served as the philanthropy chair for two years. He served on the Heart of Kentucky United Way campaign committee, was a member of the Bonner program and he worked as a democracy fellow at TurboVote, a civic technology organization in New York City. Lawson studied abroad at the University of Lleida in Catalonia and spent a Centre Term studying abroad in Israel and Palestine.
By Anne H. Evans
May 21, 2015