August 14, 2019

Fulbright Student Scholars Headed to Iceland, Malaysia

Two recent Beloit graduates are among 1,900 U.S. citizens selected to receive Fulbright Student Awards.

Two Beloit graduates will receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Scholarship Board, while a third was named as an alternate recipient. Nicholas Borbely’19 and Laura Savage’18 will be Fulbright Student Scholars in Iceland and Malaysia respectively during the 2019-20 academic year. Katherine Spicer’19 received word that she’s an alternate recipient, meaning she could be offered an award if additional funding becomes available.

Borbely, a Russian major, will go to Iceland to attend the Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies in Reykjavik. He began studying the Icelandic language during the summers while he was enrolled at Beloit and participated in a summer course in Reykjavik that was funded entirely by the Dr. Alan J. Stutz’59 and Martha Raup Stutz’59 Student Grant Fund. Borbely, who grew up in a bilingual household, speaks nine languages, including Icelandic.

Laura Savage has received an English Teaching Assistantship Award to Malaysia. Since graduating from Beloit last year with a major in international relations, Savage earned a certificate in English language teaching to adults and is currently teaching English to schoolchildren in Mexico. While at Beloit, she led a student trip to the U.S.-Mexico border to help students understand the human dimensions of migration, immigration, and border issues.

Anthropology major Katherine Spicer was selected as an alternate for the English Teaching Assistantship Award to Azerbaijan. Last summer, she interned in a psychology lab at the University of Pennsylvania, using her Russian fluency to help develop a survey designed to study inter-group conflict in Russia.

Recipients of Fulbright Awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement and their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields. The awards, designed to foster understanding between the United States and other countries, will go to 1,900 U.S. citizens this year.


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