Students Earn Fulbright Awards

Three Albion students won Fulbright awards this spring, including a two teaching scholarships and a research fellowship.

Competing against Ph.D. candidates from around the country, Grace Keeney, '08, earned a Fulbright research fellowship in Brazil. A German and international studies major from Parma, Mich., Keeney will examine the role of AIDS-related non-government organizations in Brazil.

Keeney, a member of the Prentiss M. Brown Honors Institute, will evaluate the AIDS organizations to measure their impact on domestic and foreign policy, focusing much of her attention on a World Trade Organization dispute over the patentability anti-retrovirus drugs. Keeney said the Brazilian system of equitable drug distribution interested her because it could be a model for dealing with epidemics in the United States.

"I am absolutely thrilled that Grace won the Fulbright," said Yi-Li Wu, associate professor of history who worked closely with Keeney on her application. "From the first day that she came to see me about applying, I was impressed with her intelligence, energy, and understanding of international issues. She's an exceptionally talented and dedicated person, and I'm very excited for her to have this tremendous opportunity."

Fulbright Teaching Scholarships were awarded to communications studies and German major Erin MacLeod, '08, of Grosse Point Woods, Mich., and German and secondary education major Erica Schuster, '08, of Royal Oak, Mich. Beginning in the fall, they will live and work in Germany teaching English in German schools. MacLeod has a concentration in Law, Justice, and Society, and Schuster has a secondary education concentration and was a member of the Liberal Arts Institute for Pre-Medical and Health Care Studies.

"It is a great accolade for them," said Catherine Grimm, assistant professor of German. "Winning the Fulbright is something they will carry with them for the rest of their careers. These scholarships are very competitive. Not only does it recognize their expertise in their major, it is a tribute to their liberal arts education. As a member of this elite group, they will be cultural ambassadors, and also will be able to connect to other people and other cultures."

 

The awards bring to seven the number of Fulbrights that Albion students have earned over the past three years.