Three Morris Students Named Fulbright Scholars

Three smiling students
Author: 
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
April 24, 2017
“These successes put Morris in the company of other excellent schools, both private liberal arts colleges and public universities. Our students bring such a unique profile of strong academics, civic engagement, and passion to their applications that I expect to see many more semifinalists and finalists in the future.”—Professor of History and Coordinator for National and International Fellowships Jennifer Deane

Chase Glomstad '17, Olivia Ilgar '16, and Addison Schnabel '17 have earned Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards. Their successes speak to the power and value of a Morris education on the global stage.

The Morris Fulbright recipients received English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards, which will place them in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. As Fulbright Scholars, they also will represent the United States as cultural ambassadors during their time overseas.

Glomstad will spend nearly a year in Sachsen, Germany, instructing students in English grammar. He was inspired to return to the area after studying in western Europe in 2014. He attributes his achievements in both the Fulbright application process and at Morris to close collaboration with faculty mentors.

"Without them, I definitely wouldn't have made it this far," Glomstad says.

Ilgar plans to spend her time in Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany, helping students learn English and settling refugees into new communities. After her Fulbright year she hopes to leverage these experiences and those from her time at Morris to pursue graduate school and work with international populations.

"At Morris I fueled my excitement to travel and learn more about other cultures," Ilgar says.

Schnabel will assist high school English teachers, serve as a language resource, "procure intercultural understanding between Spanish and American cultures," and work with individuals with special needs in Galicia, Spain. She says faculty support and her involvement on campus contributed to her selection.

"I'm so thankful to have such supportive professors on campus," Schnabel says. "In my time at Morris my curiosity for learning has grown more and more, and I'm excited to see where that takes me in Spain."

According to Professor of History and Coordinator for National and International Fellowships Jennifer Deane, the accomplishments of this year's Morris Fulbright applicants are impressive. Nine Morris students submitted applications; four were selected as semifinalists, and three were finalists. This 33 percent success rate, Deane says, "is up there with the best of them."

"It's very unusual for a public school of our size to receive three Fulbrights in a year," says Deane. "These successes put Morris in the company of other excellent schools, both private liberal arts colleges and public universities. Our students bring such a unique profile of strong academics, civic engagement, and passion to their applications that I expect to see many more semifinalists and finalists in the future."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest United States exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Learn more at us.fulbrightonline.org.