Florida State University New Ambassadors Fulbright Scholar Program
The Florida State University experiences another triumph in its heart as ten of its students and alumni have been granted the prestigious Fulbright scholarship by the United States Department of State – Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
These scholars will be traveling to several countries this academic year 2016-2017 to broaden their knowledge and acquire unique skills that can only be learned through intercultural exposure.
“The success of our students with the Fulbright U.S. Student Program illustrates their phenomenal achievements and academic preparation. Once again, we will be sending some of our finest students to destinations around the world to research, create and teach. They will serve as ambassadors for both the country and for Florida State University.”
This is the proud statement of Craig Filar, FSU’s assistant dean of Undergraduate Studies and director of the Office of National Fellowships.
The Fulbright Scholarship Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education (IIE).
Among the benefits of a student-exchange program are enhancement of language and communication skills, deeper understanding of other people and cultures that make students wiser and more empathetic, sharpening of analytical and problem-solving skills, and better career opportunities.
Carson Bay, a religion doctoral student, is looking forward to continue his study at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany. His interest is on the life and writings of renowned 1st century Romano-Jewish scholar, priest, and historian Flavius Josephus.
Josephus’ writing about Jesus Christ is one of the world’s most important historical documents. There are those who have been questioning if Jesus did really exist, others even opine that the Bible was simply the product of the imagination of a group of ordinary people.
Up to now, critics and historians are debating over these religious controversies.
Another Fulbright scholar is 23-year-old Carolina Echeverri who finished a bachelor’s degree on international affairs and Caribbean studies. She looks forward to teaching in Brazil, where she will have the opportunity to become deeply acquainted with its unique, amazing culture.
Earning her degree in English literature in 2013, 25-year-old Kelly Hill also cherishes her chance to be an assistant teacher in Hamburg, Germany.
Meeting more friends from a foreign country and getting the chance to develop her German language skills fill her with excitement. She loves the idea of playing the role of an ambassador who bridges people of different race and culture.
The other scholars will also be studying or teaching in the countries of their selection where they know deeper knowledge and more meaningful experiences await them. They are thankful for being part of the Fulbright Scholar Program and children of the Florida State University (FSU).