Saint Mary’s senior receives Fulbright U.S. Student Program award
Observer Staff Report | Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Saint Mary’s senior Louise Chetcuti has been selected as a recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for the 2018-2019 school year, the College announced in a Tuesday press release.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program award is awarded by the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Chetcuti is from Strasbourg, France, and is double majoring in global studies and Spanish, with a minor in business administration. She was offered an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) award in Columbia, according to the release.
“The Fulbright award is recognized for making an impact that matters around the world,” Provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs Nancy Nekvasil said in the release. “It supports important research and outreach activities that play significant roles in increasing intercultural collaboration. Louise’s success is both a testament to her talent as well as to Saint Mary’s faculty support in advancing her work.”
In Colombia, Chetcuti will be teaching English and working with children in impoverished neighborhoods. She is one of 1,900 selected to participate in the program this year. According to the release, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program selects students based on academic or professional achievement and leadership potential.
Chetcuti has a concentration in international development and studied abroad in Argentina during the spring 2017 semester, according to the release.
“My time in Argentina triggered my desire to go back,” Chetcuti said in the release. “I am honored to have been chosen for this position, given the selective process. I am truly grateful, because it enables me to go back to Latin America within a framework that aligns with my professional goals. I hope this award will prepare me for a master’s in international development, which I will be starting in the fall of 2019, at Sciences Po in Paris, France.”