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Sophia Grammenos ’09, of Gardner, Mass., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Greece where she will teach English to Greek high school students during the 2013-14 academic year. Earning the Fulbright is a dream come true, says Grammenos, because it combines two of her passions, Greek culture and teaching languages.
Grammenos was an economics and Spanish double major at Holy Cross. Since graduating in 2009, she has taught English in Mallorca, Spain, worked as a research analyst at an environmental consulting firm, coached track and field at Bedford High School, taught Greek to youth, taught English to refugee immigrants and worked at her parent’s restaurant business.
After returning from Greece, she plans to work within her community in various capacities by either teaching or starting her own business.
At Holy Cross, Grammenos was a member of the women’s track and field team, in which she was captain during her senior year, and tutored at Burncoat High School through Student Programs for Urban Development.
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.