A Seton Hall University graduate student has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, a prestigious grant that will take her to Slovakia for ten months.
Kaitey Sheldon is an M.A. student in Systematic Theology and Ethics at Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology (as well as a member of Seton Hall's undergraduate class of 2008, with a B.A. in Catholic Studies and Classical Languages). She is the first Seton Hall Fulbrighter in this year's cohort, and even more noteworthy, the first Fulbrighter in the history of the School of Theology.
"I am tremendously excited - overjoyed! - to receive this good news," says Sheldon. "This Fulbright award reflects beautifully on the many wonderful people who have supported me, challenged me, and advised me over the past several years."
Sheldon's application focused on her love of language and teaching, as well as a profound appreciation for internationalization and cultural awareness. She intends to bring her multi-faceted background to Slovakia, where she will teach English and establish an after-school cultural program. Her application included enthusiastic letters of support from Reverend Thomas Guarino, Professor of Theology; Monsignor Richard Liddy, Professor of Religious Studies; and Dr. Anthony Sciglitano, Associate Professor of Religious Studies.
After an orientation in Slovakia in late September, Sheldon will serve in a bilingual education program in the city of Cadca. For the duration of her stay, the Fulbright award will pay for all transportation, living, and medical insurance expenses. Upon her return to the U.S., Sheldon aims to continue her education, ultimately seeking a career as a professor of theology.
Sheldon is the seventh 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 Seton Hall students Julia Edwards (Norway), Lisa Rubenthaler (Spain), Marie Pineda (South Korea), and Kristin Pe (Taiwan).
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 13 this year, including Sheldon. The University's Fellowships Advisor, Dr. James J. Kimble, hopes to hear word of additional Fulbright awards in the coming weeks. 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 in mid-September. The program supports study and teaching grants in over 140 countries across the world.
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