MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Five Middlebury seniors, two Language School Students and five recent alumni (including two members of ’19.5 February class) have been offered Fulbright fellowships for the 2020–2021 academic year. In addition, four Middlebury seniors and two alumni were selected as alternates for the Fulbright fellowship.

The fellows were selected on the basis of their academic and professional achievements, as well as their service and leadership in their respective fields. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, they will join the more than 1,900 Fulbright recipients in 2020–2021 worldwide.

“I’m thrilled for our students and alumni who were offered Fulbright grants. This is a highly competitive national fellowship and our students and alumni are consistent standouts, due in particular to our strong international focus and language programs,” said Lisa Gates, associate dean for fellowships and research. “For example, of the six total research grants to Japan for college seniors, two were offered to Middlebury seniors.”

Gates pointed out that, with COVID-19, “this will be a different year for many potential Fulbrighters. Currently, grant start dates have been pushed back to January 2021 and the U.S. State Department will continue to monitor the health and safety situation. We hope very much that Fulbright programs will be able to operate in 2021, but it is a difficult landscape for our grant recipients in making decisions about their next steps. These are outstanding students and alumni and I am very proud of their accomplishment in receiving a Fulbright grant.”

The honorees include:

David Anderson ’19.5, Open Study/Research Award for Graduating Seniors, Japan
Caroline Byrne, MA Spanish ’20, English Teaching Assistant Award, Spain
Chelsea Colby ’17.5, English Teaching Assistant Award, Malta
Amani Core ’18, English Teaching Assistant Award, Taiwan
Colleen Gair ’19.5, English Teaching Assistant Award, Slovak Republic
Athena Haywood ’20, English Teaching Assistant Award, Argentina
Isabel Herrick ’20, English Teaching Assistant Award, Colombia
Mahli Knutson ’20, English Teaching Assistant Award, Taiwan
Hannah Krutiansky ’19, English Teaching Assistant Award, Brazil
Karl Lin ’20, Open Study/Research Award for Graduating Seniors, Japan
Kami Smith, MA French, ’19, English Teaching Assistant Award, Andorra
Teal Witter ’20, Fulbright MA Degree Award, Israel

Alternates include: Celia Alter ’19, Laura Blum ’20, Jack Carew ’20, Winslow Ferris ’20, Ellie Greenberg ’20, and Michael Nunziante ’19.

Founded in 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.