Fulbright and Udall Scholars in Unprecedented Numbers


By Stephen Collins '74

Sarah Sorenson '11

Two rising seniors scored prestigious Udall Scholarships this spring, while three graduating seniors and three recent grads won Fulbright grants for study or teaching abroad next year.

J. Sarah Sorenson ’11 and Blair Braverman ’11, both environmental policy majors, were named 2010 Udall Scholars in April. They are among 80 students nationwide selected from 537 candidates on the basis of their commitment to careers in the environment, health care, or tribal public policy. Leadership potential and academic achievement also are criteria.

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Philip Nyhus said the awards are validation that “the Colby Environmental Studies Program is attracting and nurturing some of the nation’s most talented, passionate, and ambitious students.”

Blair Braverman '11

Colby’s newest Fulbrights include: Holly Battelle ’08, grant for research in Bangladesh; Sarajane Blair ’10, English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) for research and teaching in Kosovo; Antonio Mendez ’06, ETA in Andorra; Katherine A. Peterson ’10, ETA in South Korea; Zachary Rich ’10, grant for research in the People’s Republic of China; Julia Stuebing ’08, grant for research in Israel.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships to study abroad for one academic year, and the program includes the English Teaching Assistant positions. Ziskind Associate Professor of East Asian Studies Kimberly Besio, who coordinates applications from seniors and recent graduates, called it “a very good year.” —S.B.C.

Read more about the Udall Scholars and the Fulbright Scholars online. 

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