Two New College thesis students have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Awards this year, and one has been selected as an alternate. In January 2021, Jacob Wentz will travel to Belgium and Grace Hamilton to Taiwan. Ben LaFond was selected as an alternate for a program in the United Kingdom (an alternate receives the award if the selected candidate turns down the offer). Duane Smith, Ph.D., assistant director of prestigious fellowships and scholarships for the CEO, said there were also five semifinalists from New College this year: Sydney Clingo, Mairead Howley, Robyn McCartan, Emma Todd and Kaeli Williams.
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program inspires scholars to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program awards about 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries. Since 1968, a total of 85 New College students have received Fulbright scholarships.