Your sun/venice/com   May 24, 2020
SARASOTA — Two New College students have earned Fulbright English Teaching assistant awards and a third will be an alternate to the highly selective program.
Jacob Wentz, Grace Hamilton and Ben LaFond recently learned of the selections.
Starting in January, Wentz will work traveling to Belgium, Grace Hamilton will work in Taiwan, and Ben LaFond is an alternate for a program in the United Kingdom — in case another candidate turns down the opportunity, according to the college.
“We’re so excited about these Fulbright scholars joining our long list of Fulbrighters. It’s just another example of the incredible opportunities that await students at New College,” said Dwayne Peterson, the director of New College’s Center for Career Engagement and Opportunity.
New College noted it had five semifinalists this year as well, including Sydney Clingo, Mairead Howley, Robyn McCartan, Emma Todd and Kaeli Williams.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the State Department and “inspires scholars to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide.”
About 2,000 grants are awarded annually in a variety of studies in more than 150 countries.
Since 1968, a total of 85 New College students have received Fulbright scholarships, New College noted.
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Founded in Sarasota in 1960, New College of Florida is a top-ranked public liberal arts college and the state’s Honors College of Florida. New College prepares intellectually curious students for lives of great achievement by providing a highly individualized education that integrates academic rigor with career-building experiences. New College offers 45 undergraduate majors in arts, humanities and sciences, a master’s degree program in applied data science, and certificates in technology, finance, and business skills.

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