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Seton Hall Proudly Announces Fulbright Scholars
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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 '14David 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 '13Heidi 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 stationed.

Elaina Montagnino '13Elaina 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 '09Melissa 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 assistant.

Mary Beliveau '14Mary 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
(973) 275-5889


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