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Three UMW graduates receive Fulbright grants

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Three University of Mary Washington graduates have been selected to receive 2013-14 Fulbright scholarships.

Aubrey Elliott, Peter Hawes and Michaela Sands have become the 11th, 12th and 13th students, respectively, to receive the award in UMW’s history.

The Fulbright scholarship is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries,” according to the Fulbright website.

The Fulbright program awards approximately 7,500 new grants annually.

“This is our best showing ever, providing further evidence that UMW’s students are among the best in the nation,” said Nabil Al-Tikriti, associate professor of history in a release.

Elliott will spend eight months in Turkey as an English teaching assistant.

“I’m really looking forward to learning a new language, teaching others and experiencing life in another country,” she said in the release.

Elliott graduated from Mary Washington in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in history followed by a master’s degree in secondary education in 2013.

Hawes will work for one year as an English teaching assistant in Nepal.

In addition to providing classroom instruction, he will assist the Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association (NELTA).

Hawes will leave for his placement at a rural school in July.

“I am expecting it to be pretty challenging in a lot of ways,” he said int he release. “For me personally, I feel there is a lot I can learn from people who live in traditional communities like that.”

Hawes received a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in creative writing in 2012.

Sands will spend one year as an English teaching assistant at a school in Thailand. She will leave for her placement in September.

“I love traveling and exploring, so this is a great opportunity for me to explore the sociological and anthropological aspects of another culture,” Sands said. “This will be a great journey, both personally and professionally.”

Sands graduated from Mary Washington in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology followed by a master of science in elementary education degree in 2013.


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  • Dwyane Tyree

    Congrats to these students and the wonderful institution they attended!

  • Guest

    Positive story about some of our future leaders. Enjoy your time overseas.