Sullivan ’13 Awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Sri Lanka

May 22nd, 2013 by 


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Kelsi Sullivan ’13, of Mexico City, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Sri Lanka, where she will teach English to Sri Lankan high school students during the 2013-14 academic year. She also plans to conduct research on Ayurveda medicine, a form of alternative medicine that originated in India.

A religious studies major with a concentration in Asian studies, Sullivan is a peer mentor, a member of the Student Government Association senate, chair of the Recognized Student Organizations committee, and an intern at Community Harvest Project in North Grafton, Mass. She was also a resident counselor for the Odyssey Program, a one-week introductory program at Holy Cross open on a voluntary basis to all first-year ALANA (African American, Asian American, Latino, and Native American) and international students.

Following the Fulbright, she plans to enroll in graduate school for public health or divinity school.

Each year approximately 1,700 U.S. college students are awarded grants through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship program in international educational exchange, awards grants to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program’s inception in 1946, more than 300,000 participants — selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential — have had the opportunity to observe each other’s political, economic and cultural institutions. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

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