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CMU National Scholarship Program Nominates Eight Students to Compete for Prestigious Fulbright Grants

The CMU National Scholarship Program proudly presents eight outstanding students who have been nominated to compete for 2021 - 2022 Fulbright U.S. Student Grants. 

The Fulbright Program is the flagship 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. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Semi-finalists will be announced by the Institute for International Education in late January. Finalists will be notified in early to late spring.

David Banas Jr.:  Research Grant Nominee - Ireland

Banas Jr - photo.jpgDavid Banas, a graduate student from Corunna, MI, in CMU’s Transnational and Comparative PhD History program, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Research Grant in Ireland. If selected to receive the Fulbright Grant, David plans to conduct research under the guidance of Dr. Gary Murphy at Dublin City University on indifference to Irish nationalism in Ireland during the Irish Revolution. In Ireland, David will have access to primary sources that are crucial to this project at the DCU Library Collections, the University College Dublin Archives, the Irish National Library, and the Irish National Archives. David’s advanced academic training, research experience, and professional experiences prepare him to successfully complete this proposed Fulbright research project. He is an editorial assistant for the Michigan Historical Review, a Clarke Historical Library and Archives assistant, and he completed a master’s degree at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, graduating with distinction. Ultimately, David plans to pursue a career as a history professor, continuing his research on both indifference to Irish nationalism and, more broadly, indifference to various European nationalisms in the early Twentieth Century.

Mallorie Beavers:  English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Laos

Beavers - Photo.jpgMallorie Beavers, an Honors student from Shepherd, MI, majoring in Psychology and English with a minor in American Sign Language, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Laos. Mallorie has a variety of life experiences that have prepared her for this position. Her passion for overcoming communication barriers and exchanging culture grew after a semester in Chiang Mai, Thailand where she volunteered teaching English to students at a Buddhist university. During her time in Southeast Asia, Mallorie also worked as an English volunteer at Big Brother Mouse in Luang Prabang, Laos. Here she developed an interest and passion for Lao culture. Other notable activities she has been involved in include volunteering as a Conversation Partner with the English Language Institute at Central Michigan University, and volunteering weekly as a reading tutor to fifth grade students. If selected to receive the Fulbright grant, Mallorie looks forward to further opportunities to learn and grow alongside students in Laos.

Morgan Bowen: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Spain

Bowen - Photo.jpgMorgan Bowen, a senior from New Hudson, MI, majoring in Accounting and minoring in Spanish, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Spain. Interested in Spanish language since high school, Morgan has spent time in Spain, Mexico, the Dominican Republic, and Costa Rica. Morgan completed a 120-hour certification in Teaching English as a Second Language this past summer and she is currently putting those skills into practice in an Honors class where she works with Spanish speakers to enhance their beginner level English skills. She has also worked as a campus ambassador, and volunteered with the Humane Society of Huron Valley and the Humane Animal Treatment Society. She aspires to become a certified public accountant working with an international clientele. With the help of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, Morgan hopes to develop the cultural diversity experience needed to thrive in today’s global business world. If she receives the Fulbright Assistantship, she hopes to deepen her understanding of Spanish culture while exposing her students to American culture.

Mariah DeHoop:  Study Grant Nominee - Spain

DeHoop - Photo.JPGMariah DeHoop, an Honors student from Hudsonville, MI, majoring in International Relations and Spanish, and minoring in French, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant in Spain. If she receives the Fulbright grant, Mariah will complete a master’s degree in Global and International Studies at the Universidad de Salamanca, specifically focusing on nationalism and conflict resolution. Mariah has utilized her undergraduate study of French and Spanish to establish a strong portfolio of service and international learning. The summer after her freshman year, she participated a week-long global citizenship seminar in Salzburg, Austria at the Schloss Leopoldskron. The following year, she spent five months studying diplomacy and international affairs in Aix-en-Provence, France. More recently, she participated in a service-learning course in Miami where she helped recent immigrants develop their English language skills. She has volunteered as a conversation partner at the CMU English Language Institute, an international peer partner in the Honors Program, and an ambassador for the Office of Global Engagement and the Department of World Languages and Cultures, among other activities. Ultimately, Mariah plans to earn a law degree and work in the U.S. Foreign Service or the United Nations.

Maggie Meyer: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Poland

Meyer - photo.jpgMaggie Meyer, an Honors student from Marenisco, MI, majoring in Mathematics and Psychology, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Poland. In addition to her academic studies, Maggie has been deeply involved in many extracurricular and service activities. She has been the President of the Mock Trial Association, a math department grader, works at the Math Assistance Center, is a campus ambassador, and has longstanding commitments with the Central Marching Band and the Metamorphosis Winter Guard. She has also studied abroad in Japan and more recently spent a semester in the Netherlands. The Fulbright in Poland seeks to place ETAs in research and scientific institutes to teach field specific English and who can promote higher education in the U.S., criteria that align well with Maggie’s training and experiences. She aspires to earn a PhD in a STEM field and teach in a university setting, but she also hopes to continue to participate in coaching students in color guard. 

Heidie Neyer: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Germany

Neyer - Photo.jpgHeidie Neyer, a senior from Weidman, MI, majoring in English Secondary Education and minoring in English as a Second Language, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Germany. Germany is an especially important destination to her as she participated in a transformative German exchange program to Hagenow in high school. In college, she travelled to Germany once again as part of a faculty-led study abroad program to Jena. As part of her English as a Second Language minor, Heidie has extensive experience with observing and facilitating English education for students in elementary, middle, and high school who are learning English as a second language. She has also been a conversation partner with the CMU English Language Institute, a private German tutor, and will be completing her student teaching this spring at Ravenna Public High school near Grand Rapids, Michigan. Heidie’s professional goals include working as a teacher to create a multicultural classroom where she can encourage students to pursue their passions. As an ETA in Germany, she hopes to fulfill the Fulbright goal of creating mutual understanding between people from different cultures.

Katie Pulaski: English Teaching Assistant Nominee - Thailand

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Katherine Pulaski, an Honors student from Swartz Creek, MI, majoring in Anthropology and Public and Nonprofit Administration, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Thailand. Katie is an active member of the Nonprofit Leadership Student Alliance, and she also volunteers with the Humane Animal Treatment Society and as a canvasser with Michigan United. During her undergraduate studies, she has travelled to Ireland, France, and Thailand. While in Thailand, Katie studied at Chiang Mai University, taking classes on Thai culture, politics, and cooking. She also volunteered to lead weekly English lessons for local community members. Through this volunteer experience she was able to make lasting friendships that provided a deeper understanding of her students’ daily lives. With the opportunity to teach English in Thailand again, Katherine plans to use the skills gained from her classes and previous experiences to foster open cultural exchange with her students. She hopes to one day establish a nonprofit that will provide education and build self-sustainability skills for refugees. 

Abby Shepard:  Study Grant Nominee - United Kingdom
Shepard - Photo.jpgAbigail Shepard, an Honors student from Holland, MI, majoring in music and psychology, has been nominated to compete for a Fulbright Study Grant at the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. If selected to receive a Fulbright Grant, Abby will complete a master’s degree in Psychology of Music. Abby has participated in undergraduate research on the impact of meditation on individuals’ perceptions of peripersonal space under the guidance of Drs. Bloesch and Davoli. She has also completed and presented independent research on the role of mindfulness in music students’ practice and well-being, which is what drew her to the field of music psychology. Because of the United Kingdom’s pioneering history in music psychology, Abby feels that the MA program at University of Sheffield aligns well with her current research interests and career goals, providing opportunities to work with leaders in the field. During her undergraduate experience, Abby has been active in service and performance roles, serving as an Honors Council student representative, participating in CMU’s Jazz Lab One and the Kefi Saxophone Quartet, developing wellness events for musicians in training through the Musicians’ Wellness Workgroup, and more. Ultimately, she aspires to obtain a PhD in psychology and to pursue a career in academia where she can develop a music psychology graduate program here in the U.S. and continue her research on meditation, particularly concerning musicians’ practice and wellbeing.

Congratulations to these outstanding students on their hard work throughout the application process!

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