Fifteen Students and Alumni Offered Fulbrights

Fifteen students and alumni have been offered Fulbright scholarships this year—the largest class of Dartmouth Fulbrights since 2014, according to Jessica Smolin, assistant dean for scholarship advising.
“I congratulate all of this year’s Fulbright recipients,” says Smolin. “This is an exciting time for the Fulbright at Dartmouth—we have more resources than ever to support students through the application process, including a new Fulbright adviser, Holly Taylor. I encourage all students and alumni considering research or teaching abroad to make an appointment with our office.” 
Sponsored by the U.S. government, the Fulbright Program is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other nations through international educational exchanges in more than 155 countries. Fulbright awards are available for research, graduate study, and teaching English.

Evelyn Fernandez-Lizarraga ’16
San Diego, Calif.
Linguistics and comparative literature double major
English teaching assistant grant, South Korea

“My Dartmouth experience centered on studying language in all its contexts: from literature to linguistics, in culture and society—through my Spanish foreign study program in Argentina; my Spanish sociolinguistics project analyzing the relationship between family, language, and identity through the perspective of Latino literature and linguistics; and as a Spanish drill instructor and a multilingual writing tutor. One of my most meaningful experiences was my Dartmouth Partners in Community Service Internship with the International Rescue Committee in San Diego, where I taught vocational English to Iraqi refugees and helped them apply for their first jobs in the U.S. I saw how my linguistics training could have a direct positive impact on people’s lives. As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, I was always taught to dream big, but perhaps privilege is knowing the scope of what’s possible. Although I am declining the Fulbright, applying for it confirmed my desire to work with language education and bilingualism. This fall I’ll be starting a master’s program in Hispanic linguistics at the University of New Mexico, specializing in U.S. Spanish sociolinguistics and heritage Spanish speakers. For me, receiving the Fulbright is not the fulfillment of a lifelong dream, but the start of grander goals. When I reflect on my life, my research, and my work experience, I marvel at how many doors bilingualism opened for me. I want to afford those same types of opportunities for others.”

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