Stonehill’s Erica Cordatos ’19 has received a place on a Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Bangor University, Cardiff University, and Aberystwyth University, on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating world-wide.
As a participant, Cordatos was selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the UK on a 6-week summer program. This program, Contemporary Wales: Industry, Politics, Culture and Change, is an immersive learning experience that involves both academic and cultural components in Wales. While in Wales, Cordatos and seven other students will explore the geography, culture, heritage and history of Wales, visiting museums, galleries, parks, castles and islands.
“I am honored to have been selected for this unparalleled opportunity. Along with immersing myself in the Welsh culture and learning about the nation's history, I am especially excited to further my knowledge in how Wales incorporates its tourism industry at the intersection of economic development and environmental sustainability,” said Cordatos, an economics major.
“I hope that this experience will develop my cultural awareness and ambassadorial skills, and I think it will be interesting to learn from the British perspective and experience student life in the UK. Also, I cannot wait to meet the other participants who share my love of learning about other cultures," she added.
The US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited US or UK university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the ‘special relationship’ between the US and UK.
“In the 70th year of this special relationship, we can celebrate American students seeking study abroad opportunities through our Summer Institute program. This is a unique opportunity to get a taste of British higher education while interacting with students from across the globe. As part of a diverse and high-achieving cohort, these students will gain immensely from the experience,” said Penny Egan CBE, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission.
The Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.
Fulbright Summer Institutes cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education program including visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in the country, a re-entry session and the opportunity to join Fulbright’s alumni networks.