Scholarship in far-away places

Denison’s 2011 international scholarship recipients were recognized by Professor Jim Pletcher, director of the Gilpatrick Center, at the college’s annual Academic Awards Convocation. They are, from left, Megan Keveney ’11, Sibylle Freiermuth ’11, Chelsea McGill ’12, Callan Hetterich ’11, Sean Beebe ’11, Peter Zambon ’11, Zachary Nixon ’11, and Jacob Shafer ’11.

Joining a long list of previous Denison scholars, eight students will dot the globe in the coming months, having earned competitive international scholarships to teach and conduct research in an assortment of academic areas. Backed by the Gilpatrick Center for Student Research and Fellowships, students were selected for their “academic merit and leadership potential with the opportunity to study, teach, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.” This year’s recipients will be studying and serving in countries as far flung as Bangladesh, Colombia, France, Germany, and India.

Founded in 1946, the Fulbright Scholar Program was established as an international education exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.” Since its creation more than 60 years ago, almost 300,000 scholars have participated in the program and it currently operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

The Critical Language Scholarship program institutes provide fully funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for U.S. undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to recruit, prepare and retain effective teachers for the students and schools who need them most. Fellows attend enriched, school-based master’s-level teacher education programs, complemented by intensive mentoring during the first three years of teaching at high-need urban and rural schools.

Davis Projects for Peace is a program that funds undergraduates at Davis United World College Scholars institutions who compete for selection by designing grassroots projects that they can implement abroad during the summer months.

This year’s scholarship recipients are listed below.

Fulbright Scholars

  • Sean Beebe ’11, of St. Louis, will be serving as a French Government English Teaching Assistant in France. Beebe graduated from Denison in May with a double major in French and history.
  • Callan Hetterich ’11, of Denver, will spend the next academic year teaching English in Colombia. Hetterich was a Spanish and economics double major at Denison.
  • Zachary Nixon ’11, of Kirkwood, Mo., double majored in German and economics, and was selected as a Pädagogischer Austauschdienst English Teaching Assistant in Germany for 2011-12.
  • Peter Zambon ’11, of Rhinelander, Wis., also will serve as a Pädagogischer Austauschdienst English Teaching Assistant in Germany for 2011-12. At Denison, Zambon was a double major in German and Spanish.

Critical Language Scholarship

  • Chelsea McGill ’12, of Hamilton, Ohio, was awarded a prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to study Bengali in Bangladesh during the summer of 2011. McGill is a sociology/anthropology major. When she returns to Denison in the fall, McGill plans to volunteer at a children’s language class offered by the Central Ohio Bengali Cultural Association in Columbus, continuing to hone her language skills.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

  • Jacob Shafer ’11, of Columbus, Ohio, a recent graduate with a double major in mathematics and educational studies, has earned a $30,000 award that carries admission into a master’s program in education and is awarded only to students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

Davis Projects for Peace

  • Sibylle Freiermuth ’11, of Zurich, Switzerland, and Megan Keveney ’11, of Centerville, Ohio, and were awarded $10,000 to travel to India, where they will establish a program to “empower women living in Indian slums.”

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