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Three Education majors receive Fulbright awards 

Elizabeth Meynardie '17, Kelly Richard ’17 and Jacqueline Spencer '17 will teach English abroad as part of a federal program that builds goodwill between the United States and people of other nations.  

(From left to right: Elizabeth Meynardie '17, Kelly Richard ’17 and Jacqueline Spencer '17)

Elizabeth Meynardie '17, Kelly Richard ’17 and Jacqueline Spencer '17 will teach English abroad as part of a federal program that builds goodwill between the United States and people of other nations.

Spread out across the world, Meynardie will be teaching in Taiwan, Richard in Indonesia and Spencer in Spain. A total of seven Fulbright awards were offered to Elon students this past spring.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Congress established the program in 1946 “to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.”

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 more than 160 countries worldwide.

An elementary education major, Meynardie was a Teaching Fellow who has been involved in the service sorority Epsilon Sigma Alpha, Parent's Night Out and the Elon Academy during her time at the university, with study abroad experiences in Costa Rica and Malawi. Following her Fulbright assistantship, she plans to return to the United States to work in a Title 1 school. 

Richard, who majored in English with teacher licensure, was a Teaching Fellow at Elon and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi and Sigma Tau Delta honor societies. A recipient of the Betty Lynch Bowman Scholarship, Richard has been involved at Elon with The Writing Center, Elon's She's the First chapter and the Elon Academy, a college access and success program.

​For Spencer, the experience will add to the considerable time she has already dedicated to teaching, both domestically and abroad. A special education and elementary education major who has minored in Spanish, Spencer has taught a conversational English class for adults in Costa Rica and completed five educational internships while at Elon. 

Elon students and recent alums interested in the Fulbright program are encouraged to visit the National and International Fellowships Office in Powell building or by calling (336) 278-5749.

 

Alex Saylor,
Staff
7/31/2017 11:40 AM