May. 15, 2013

Students win Fulbright Awards and a national scholarship


Connor Burgevin '13 and Bridget Kelly '13 each won a Fulbright Award. They will participate in a teaching assistantship in Morocco and Malaysia respectively. /PHOTO BY KRIS DREESSEN

In January, Fulbright scholar Bridget Kelly ’13 will venture to Malaysia to assist English language teachers, and to develop an environmental education program for students — a milestone step in her career after Geneseo and her passion for sustainable planning and development.

Kelly, a geography major, is among four students who recently earned some of the most competitive scholarships or grants in the United States.

Connor Burgevin ’13, an English and French double major, will also provide assistance to teachers of non-native English speakers as a Fulbright Award winner —in Morocco. He will also work with Lily Wheeler ’14 on a project to bring students from his Moroccan university and students from Geneseo together in conversation through an online medium to develop social, cultural, and political dialogue.

Kelly and Burgevin will also serve as cultural ambassadors for the United States.

Julia Mizutani ’15, an international relations major, earned the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study this summer in Uganda. The scholarship program offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies abroad. Such study is intended to better prepare them to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. It’s the third year in a row that a Geneseo student has received a Gilman scholarship.

Earlier in the semester, Carrie Levinn ’14, earned the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program award for her achievement and potential in chemistry. She is the 17th Geneseo student to receive a Goldwater scholarship.