A recent Seton Hall University graduate has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, a prestigious grant that will take her to Greece for ten months during the 2010-2011 school year. Stephanie Aigner graduated in 2009 after studying in the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations. She is the third SHU Fulbrighter in this year's cohort.
Aigner's application emphasized her childhood immigrant experience and how it has influenced her to study languages and to celebrate intercultural exchange, both on a personal level and in her education. While in Greece, she will teach English-language skills in the classroom while, after school, she aims to establish an English-language club and a school newsletter as a venue for students to work on their writing skills.
Several members of the Seton Hall community supported Aigner's Fulbright application with enthusiastic letters, including Professor Diana Alvarez-Amell (College of Arts & Sciences / Modern Languages) and Professor Michael Chiaradonna (Whitehead School of Diplomacy & International Relations). Kathleen Peterson, a teacher at Stephanie's former institution -- the Loomis Chaffee School -- also provided strong support.
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For the duration of Aigner's stay in Greece, the Fulbright award will pay for all transportation, living, and medical insurance expenses. Upon her return to the U.S., Aigner will continue her foreign language education, ultimately aiming for a teaching post at the university level.
Aigner is the ninth Seton Hall student to become a Fulbright Scholar. In a 2004-2005 Fulbright award to Belgium and Luxembourg, Yevgeniy E. Oleynikov studied European Union foreign policy toward the U.S. In 1994-1995, Theresa M. Napolitano studied Sweden's role in regional civilian defense while on a Fulbright award to that country. More recently, the 2008-2009 school year brought Fulbright awards to SHU students Julia Edwards (Norway), Lisa Rubenthaler (Spain), Marie Pineda (South Korea), and Kristin Pe (Taiwan). This year, M.A. student Kaitey Sheldon won a Fulbright award to Slovakia, while Diplomacy senior Grace Chung won an award to Indonesia.
Seton Hall's growing Fulbright initiative is an important aspect of the university's increasing internationalization efforts. While only two SHU students applied for Fulbright awards in 2007-2008, 11 applied in the next year's cycle, and 14 this year, including Aigner. The university's Fellowships Advisor, Dr. James J. Kimble, hopes to continue to increase the number of applicants in the next year's cycle. Students in next year's senior class and any graduate students interested in a Fulbright application in the upcoming application cycle should contact Kimble to prepare their application, due September 21. The program supports study and teaching grants in over 140 countries across the world.
For more information please contact:
James Kimble, Ph.D.