Pictured from left: Kristin Rose ‘15, Heidi Nelson ‘15
North Central continues to gain prestigious honors from the U.S. Fulbright Program.
Two graduating seniors were awarded prestigious Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) for 2015-2016. The latest Fulbright honors for Heidi Nelson ’15 and Kristin Rose ’15 are the 10th and 11th Fulbright awards earned by North Central College students and alumni. In addition, North Central has been recognized among the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the highest number of Fulbright recipients for 2014-2015 international exchanges. Top-producing institutions are highlighted in The Chronicle of Higher Education and North Central is the only College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin institution listed.
“Fulbright awards are among the most prestigious national scholarships available to undergraduate students across the country, proof that our top students and alumni can compete with the best and brightest undergrads from coast to coast—and win,” says Perry Hamalis, Cecelia Schneller Mueller Professor of Religion, associate professor of religion and former director of the College Honors Programs.
Nelson is double-majoring in elementary education and Spanish with a minor in English language learning (ELL). She studied abroad in both Costa Rica and Peru. She has been a leader in North Central’s Junior/Senior Scholars program and a member of the Teach First program, Women’s Chorale and Blue Key Honor Society. She also was named Outstanding Senior Woman for 2015.
Upon graduating from North Central College in December, Nelson’s Fulbright ETA will take her to Argentina in spring 2016, where she will teach future English teachers, continue to study Spanish and engage in cultural exchange programs with the local community. Nelson will be awarded nearly $30,000 in financial support during her eight months of teaching.
Rose, a graduate of Plainfield Central High School, is a College Scholar who is majoring in English studies. She tutors participants in the College’s English Language Institute and studied abroad for a semester in England. She has participated in performances by various North Central musical ensembles and serves as music coordinator for Focus, a weekly student-led worship service.
Rose’s Fulbright ETA will take her to the Slovak Republic in fall 2015, where she will teach English to high school students and engage in cultural exchange programs with the local community. Rose will receive nearly $35,000 in financial support during her 10 months of teaching.
More than 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants annually to study, teach English and conduct research.