Cumming ’13 Awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Russia

June 10th, 2013 by Nikolas Markantonatos

Drew Cumming ’13, of Calgary, Alberta, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Russia, where he will teach English to Russian high school students during the 2013-14 academic year.

The biology major, Russian minor, with a premed concentration, plans to attend medical school. “I hope improving my knowledge of Russian will help me connect with traditionally underrepresented immigrant communities,” he said.

At Holy Cross, Cumming was a tour guide coordinator in Admissions, and a member of the biology department’s Student Advisory Committee, serving as cochair during his senior year.

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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