Four members of the Seton Hall community were recently named
Fulbright Scholars. David Kelly '14, Heidi Erbsen '13, Elaina
Montagnino '13, and Melissa Mott '09, have been selected for the
2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards.
Fulbright program advisor, Dr. Gita DasBender, noted that: "The
success of Seton Hall students in receiving Fulbright awards not only
reflects high achievement but genuine interest in and unfailing
commitment to several intersecting values: intercultural exchange,
global leadership, and international research, study, and service. We
are extremely proud of their achievement and wish them the very best as
they embark upon their Fulbright experience."
David Kelly will graduate with a dual degree in Diplomacy and Modern
Languages, as well as a Certificate in Business. He is studying Mandarin
Chinese and Russian, and has spent time as a student in Beijing, China
and St. Petersburg, Russia. Kelly was recently awarded a
Fulbright-García Robles Binational Business Grant to Mexico. The grant
will enable him to hold an internship at a company in Mexico City while
taking Master's level business classes. The program runs from September
2014 - June 2015. Of his Fulbright recognition, Kelly said, "I am
thrilled to have been selected for this incredible opportunity, and I
can't wait to get started."
Heidi Erbsen graduated in 2013 with a dual degree in Diplomacy and
International Relations and Modern Languages, as well as a minor in
Economics. She will be completing her Fulbright in Russia with an
English Teaching Assistanceship (ETA). Her award will allow her to
continue studying Russian while assisting a teacher at a Russian
University. Additionally, Heidi will create and carryout her own
culturally integrating and lasting program in the community where she is
Elaina Montagnino graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2013 with a dual degree
in Diplomacy and International Relations and Latin American and Latino
Studies. She studied and volunteered abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina
and in Lima, Peru. She applied as an at-large candidate and was recently
selected for a 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Colombia. As
one of her many motivations for accepting the Fulbright opportunity,
Elaina explained, "The Fulbright Scholarship will enable me to impact
the lives of many Colombian children and young adults while representing
the U.S. as a cultural ambassador abroad. It will give me valuable
international teaching and research experience, which serves as a
stepping-stone toward pursuing my eventual master's degree in
international development and human rights."
Melissa Mott graduated in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in social
work. She applied to the Fulbright Program as an at-large candidate and
has been accepted to the program in Poland as am English teaching
Mary Beliveau '14, who applied for a research scholarship, has been
selected as an alternate. In the event that an awardee withdraws or
additional funding becomes available, she will be given the opportunity.
Mary will be receiving a Fulbright award for research in Nigeria.
For more information please contact:
Dr. Gita DasBender