Westminster Senior Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Award for 201920

 Camille Stanley

April 9, 2019

Camille Stanley awarded English Teaching Assistantship to Moldova

Westminster College is pleased to announce senior Camille Stanley (Honors ’19) has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Moldova from the Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Stanley is one of over 2,100 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research and teach abroad for the 2019–20 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.

“Camille is incredible,” said Dr. Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, Westminster’s director of fellowship advising and assistant professor for the Honors College. “She is deeply thoughtful, kind and driven, and her love of Moldova is infectious. Her commitment to teaching, language learning and cultural immersion is as powerful as it is moving, and I know she will do amazing work abroad.”

“It is absolutely surreal to have been awarded the Fulbright award,” said Stanley, an Honors College music major. “I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to be an ETA in Moldova, get to know the Moldovan culture even better, form new and meaningful relationships, teach English, brush up on my Romanian and learn Russian. This opportunity is a beautiful stepping stone toward my goal of attending graduate school in the area of linguistics and second-language acquisition and from there, hopefully having the opportunity to do some of my own research as well as teaching at a university.”

The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

“It has been such a pleasure working with Camille over the past year, and I could not be more thrilled for her,” Cunningham-Bryant added. “I know she will be an incredible representative of Westminster and the United States, and I cannot wait to see where her future takes her.”

“I am so grateful for the tremendous help and support that has been offered me by the Westminster community; my professors were more than willing to write eloquent and kind letters of recommendation for me and took time out of their busy schedules to do mock interviews with me. I am especially grateful to Alicia Cunningham-Bryant, Westminster’s director for fellowship advising,” Stanley added.

Since its establishment in 1946 — under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas — the Fulbright Program has given more than 390,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and professionals of all backgrounds and fields the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all disciplines while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 84 who have received Pulitzer Prizes and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.

In the United States, the Institute of International Education supports the implementation of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program on behalf of the U.S. Department of State, including conducting an annual competition for the scholarships.

For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit the ECA website.