Three Ball State University students will study abroad during the 2020-21 academic year as recipients of Fulbright scholarships.
The three recipients are:
- Natalie Bradshaw, an Honors College senior who is about to graduate with majors in history and social studies education and a minor in German, has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Germany, where she also intends to become involved with a Wandertag hiking club. Her Fulbright program will begin in January 2021, due to this year’s COVID-19 travel restrictions. She is from East Peoria, Illinois.
- Mylie Brennan, who is about to complete a master’s degree in communication studies, will go to Queen’s University Belfast (Ireland), where she will undertake a doctoral program in global peace, security, and justice, with a focus on the political identities of young people in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Brennan, who is from Winchester, Indiana, begins her Fulbright program in the Fall.
- Valerie Weingart, who is about to complete her master’s degree in English and creative writing, has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Poland. Weingart, who is from Salem, Ohio, completed bachelor’s degrees in English and music in 2018 as an Honor College student. Her Fulbright program will begin in January 2021, due to this year’s COVID-19 travel restrictions.
Twenty-two Ball State students applied to the Fulbright program. Eleven were named as finalists, and three were accepted by the program. Three have been named alternates, which leaves the door open for any of them to be promoted to recipient in the coming weeks if a participant drops out of the program.
Ball State alternates are:
- Christine Hatfield, an Honors College senior with majors in journalism and telecommunications, is from Batavia, Illinois. If awarded a Fulbright, she will enter the master’s program in media, power, and public affairs at Royal Holloway University in the United Kingdom.
- Matt Hinkleman, a senior with majors in political science and philosophy, is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. With a Fulbright, he would participate in the English teaching assistant program in Germany.
- Faye Steele, a 2019 graduate in economics, is from Valley Stream, New York. If awarded a Fulbright, she would complete a master’s degree in educational policy at a university in Australia.
The Fulbright program is sponsored by the U.S. State Department and is intended to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of more than 155 countries.