Assumption Announces Two Fulbright Scholarship Awards

Two Assumption College students have recently been awarded Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarships. Cerilenne Menendez Mendoza ’11, who is majoring in accounting and Latin American studies with a minor in political science, will spend a year taking business classes at Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, the prestigious business school in Mexico City. In addition to her studies, she will intern at a Mexican financial services firm.

Kyle Johnson ’11, who is an economics major with minors in finance, accounting and mathematics, proposes to spend nine months in the Indian city of Hyderabad, working with Economics Professor Vamsi Vakulabharanam at the Central University of Hyderabad. Kyle’s Fulbright project involves research on the impact of new infrastructure development in Hyderabad. If he accepts the award, he will study the extent and nature of economic growth that has resulted from the construction of the city’s newest highway.

“Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields,” states Professor Smriti Rao, Assumption College post-graduate scholarship advisor. “We are very proud of our students and their commitment to intellectual growth and cultural awareness. They want to make a difference.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program enables more than 1,500 U.S. citizens to will travel abroad for the 2011-2012 academic year. This flagship international educational exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. government and designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Kimberly Dunbar, Director of Public Affairs, Assumption College @AssumptionNews