Many Elon students and alumni who have recently received national and international fellowships keep in touch with their friends, families and their alma mater through blogs. See and read about what some of our award winners are doing in the blogs below.
|Christine Fortner, '15, a Leadership Fellow and an Elementary Education major with a Leadership Minor, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year of teaching in Thailand. As a student, Christine gained significant teaching experience through six practicums, including multiple summers teaching abroad in Panama, Bolivia, and Kenya, and through work as a camp counselor, an orientation leader, and a teaching assistant for Elon 101. Moreover, she served as the Senior Director of the Center for Leadership and the Challenge Course Director. Following her Fulbright, Christine intends to teach in the public school system in Washington, D.C. and to later pursue a MA in Education with the eventual goal of training teachers on leadership, professional development, and cultural competency. Follow her blog, "Fortner on Fulbright."|
|Omolayo Ojo, '15, an International Studies major with minors in French, African Studies, and Communications, and an Honors Fellow and Kenan Scholar from Tall Timbers, Maryland, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year of teaching in France. As a sophomore at Elon, Omolayo received the Boren Scholarship to fund her semester in Senegal, where she studied Wolof and French. Her on-campus involvement ranged from working in the Global Education Center, the President's Office, and University Admissions; to conducting research on Senegalese Migration Narratives with support from a Lumen Prize; to co-founding the Elon African Society, among other achievements. Following her Fulbright, Omolayo hopes to work in the Bureau of African Affairs and eventually pursue graduate studies in Immigration Policy. Follow her blog, "Finding Nkem."|
|Eryn Gorang, '14, a Human Service Studies major and Honors Fellow from Salt Lake City, Utah, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year of teaching in South Africa, where she studied abroad for a semester as an Elon student. In her time at Elon, Eryn was Leader in Collaborative Service for a Title I high school in Burlington and coordinated projects including a tutoring service for at-risk students and the Cinderella Project, which provides prom dresses for low-income students. Eryn intends to pursue a career in African educational development, and hopes to return to South Africa after her Fulbright to further her knowledge of the region. Follow her blog, "On the Go Go Gorang."|
Kyle Whitaker, '14, an English major and Honors Fellow from Duluth, Georgia, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year of teaching in Malaysia. As a student, he was active with the co-ed acapella group Twisted Measure, New Student Orientation, and SPARKS peer education. Whitaker graduated from Elon as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Upon returning from Malaysia, he intends to earn a graduate degree in higher education and student affairs. Follow his blog, "Yellow Lines & Tire Marks."
|Daniel Koehler, '12, a filmmaker based in New York, received a Fulbright-National Geographic Fellowship to fund a documentary film project depicting the experiences of the San living near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. While at Elon, Dan was a media arts & entertainment major and, through support of a Lumen Prize, spent seven months in Zambia producing a documentary titled "The Tobacco King." Follow Dan's blog on the National Geographic official website.|
|Mathew Goldberg, '14, a psychology major originally from New Jersey, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year of teaching in South Korea. Recipient of several leadership awards during his time at Elon University, Goldberg is an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow and a Periclean Scholar with an active interest in leadership studies. Goldberg hopes to one day open a nonprofit dedicated to helping marginalized students achieve academic success and become leaders in their communities. Follow his blog, "Mathew's Realm."|
|Omolayo Ojo, '14, an international studies and strategic communications double major, received a Boren Scholarship to study Wolof in Senegal. Originally from Nigeria and now a Tall Timbers, MD resident, Ojo researches West Africa and the West African diaspora. A Lumen Prize recipient, Ojo hopes to attend graduate school and continue her focus on internationalism. Follow her blog "Omolayo Travels and Learns a New Language."|
|Natalie Lampert, '11, an international studies and English double major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English for a year in Sri Lanka. An Arlington, VA native, Lampert was a Periclean Scholar and and Elon College Fellow while at Elon. She studied abroad in Ghana. Lampert hopes to work for a magazine before pursuing a master's degree in creative nonfiction or journalism. Follow her blog "Cabinets of Wonder."|
|Shannalee Van Beek, '12, an international studies and English double major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year teaching in Bahrain. An Indian Trail, NC native, Van Beek has studied Arabic and previously taught in Egypt. She currently serves as an International Programs Advisor at Elon University and eventually hopes to pursue graduate work. Follow her blog "The Two Seas: Adventures of a Fulbrighter in Bahrain."|
|Gabrielle Dean '11, a media arts & entertainment and international studies double major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year in Taiwan teaching in an elementary school. A St. Augustine, FL native, Dean studied Mandarin Chinese both at Elon and during a semester abroad. Follow her blog "Turning Taiwanese (I really think so): Adventures of a Fulbrighter."|
|Molly McKnight Costigan '10, a Spanish major, received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to fund one year in Spain teaching in an elementary school while conducting an independent project. A Frankfort, KY native, Costigan used her language skills to work with children through a sponsorship with the Valencian Regional Government and the Commission for Cultural, Educational and Scientific Exchange between the United States and Spain. Read about her experiences in her blog, "It's okay...I make up words in English, too."|
|Rebecca Watts '09, a Spanish and international studies double-major, focused her research at Elon on linguistic transfer, or changes in the Spanish language due to the influence of English. Watts, who was awarded a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship, lived in Mexico City, Mexico, and eventually plans to pursue a master’s degree in Latin American Studies. Read about her experiences in her blog, "Becca In The D.F."|
|Christina Orangio '09 spent a year living in Missoula, MT, serving as senior leader for Campus Corps with Montana Campus Compact. She received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship that allowed her to study in South Africa to pursue her research, which focuses on eradicating poverty worldwide through environmental education and management. Learn more in her blog, "Life After Elon: Where Service Leads."|
|Victoria Davis '09, a political science and international studies double-major, served as a U.S. Fulbright Scholar in Japan. She recounted her work and cultural adventures in her blog, "The Year Without Frosting: A Fulbrighter in Japan."|
|Breanna Detwiler '09, who graduated with a degree in environmental studies with minors in non-violence and religious studies, pursued a master's degree in environmental management at Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland, as a recipient of the George J. Mitchell Scholarship. Read about her activities in her blog, "Bre in Belfast: Adventures on the Emerald Isle."|