Recent graduate Peter O’Donnell ’18 (Charlestown, Massachusetts) is Centre College’s first Posse Scholar to accept a Fulbright scholarship. For nine months, O’Donnell will be an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) in Kosovo.
As an international studies and politics double major and a Latin American studies minor, he was previously accepted into the Peace Corps, but once he was upgraded from alternate to finalist for the Fulbright award, he decided to defer the Peace Corps opportunity to pursue his Fulbright.
“It’s an incredible honor,” O’Donnell said. “I believe getting this award reflects greatly on myself, my family, my friends and my amazing network of support from Centre.”
He added that Stephen Dove, assistant professor of history; Lori Hartmann, Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Professor of International Studies; and Robyn Cutright, Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor of Anthropology, were instrumental in providing guidance and support throughout the application and waiting period.
“I have previous teaching experience with WorldTeach, in which I spent a summer in northern Namibia teaching informational computer technologies,” he said.
This prior opportunity left him wanting to continue teaching abroad after graduation.
“The Fulbright ETA scholarship was an opportunity I felt like could be a perfect fit for me,” he added.
In addition to O’Donnell co-teaching English in a middle or secondary school, he will also be pursuing an independent project using creative mechanisms to explore what it means to be a Kosovar in his host community.
“I am looking forward to being in Kosovo and working under Fulbright to teach again,” he concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
June 11, 2018