Five from UMass Amherst Awarded Fulbright Scholarships for International Study

October 5, 2011

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AMHERST, Mass. - The U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board recently announced that five students from the University of Massachusetts Amherst were awarded Fulbright scholarships for international study for the 2011-12 academic year. They are among more than 1,600 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad during this academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The recipients include three 2011 graduates who earned honors with greatest distinction from UMass Amherst’s Commonwealth Honors College:

Alina Lindblom, of Northborough, who earned a degree in political science, was awarded a scholarship to teach English in the Czech Republic.

Vincent Hyland, of Highland, N.Y., who earned a degree in history, was given a grant to teach English in Bulgaria.

Alexandra Sprague, of Framingham, who earned a degree in anthropology, received a grant to conduct research on mobile garden designs in Mongolia.

Scholarships were also awarded to two UMass Amherst graduate students:

Jason Doerre, of New Ulm, Minn., was given a scholarship to study literature in Germany.

William Helmcke, of Aslip, Ill., received a scholarship to study music theory in Poland.

Named a "Top Producer of Fulbright Students" among research universities in 2009, UMass Amherst continues its tradition of aiding students and alumni with exceptional academic performance and leadership potential in securing competitive scholarships.

Professor of psychology and director of UMass Amherst’s Office of National Scholarship Advisement Susan K. Whitbourne said, "With the support of dedicated faculty and staff, UMass Amherst students consistently demonstrate their capacity to stand out among others and compete successfully for prestigious scholarly opportunities such as the Fulbright. I am proud of these students and this campus."

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in over 155 countries worldwide. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel Prize and 75 alumni have received Pulitzer Prizes.