Fulbright Scholarships Awarded

Seniors to teach in Germany on Fulbright scholarships.

Fulbright Scholars (from left) Matthew Hayden, Jessie Strasbaugh and Katelyn Monfet will teach English to students in Germany.

Seniors Matthew Hayden, Jessie Strasbaugh and Katelyn Monfet to teach in Germany

Seniors Matthew Hayden, Katelyn Monfet and Jessie Strasbaugh have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships to teach English in Germany this fall.

It is the second time in three years that three Dickinson students have been awarded Fulbright awards to teach English in Germany. Caitlin Hahn, Anne Maiale and Daniel Walter, each from the Class of 2008, earned Fulbrights that year.

“All six of these German scholars spent their junior year abroad studying in the Dickinson program in Bremen,” said Sarah McGaughey, assistant professor of German and chair of the German department. “As Fulbright Program advisors, Christopher Bilodeau (assistant professor of history) and I have noticed that Dickinson Fulbright applicants bring their study-abroad experiences, as well as their academic excellence, to bear on their Fulbright applications. The global perspective that comes from studying abroad helps our students write focused and informed applications for these competitive research and teaching grants.”

Hayden, a German and archaeology major from Buffalo, N.Y., will teach in Berlin. Hayden also is the recipient of the 2010 Emil R. and Tamar Weiss Prize in the Creative Arts awarded annually to a junior majoring in English (with an emphasis on creative writing), art and art history, music or theatre and dance. The winner receives a $1,000 grant to present the project publicly during his or her senior year.

Monfet, a German and English major from Chester, N.H. will teach in Niedersachsen.

Strasbaugh, a German and English major from Bethlehem, Pa., also will teach in Niedersachsen.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Department and is designed to increase the mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program provides participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. The program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Published May. 6, 2010