2016 Fulbright Scholars

Seven Modern Languages students were honored with Fulbright awards in 2016.

Students in the Department of Classical and Modern Languages

The U.S. Student Fulbright Program, a federally sponsored international, educational and cultural exchange, recognizes academic merit and leadership potential. The program promotes mutual understanding between U.S. residents and people in more than 155 countries worldwide. Fulbrights are among the most prestigious awards in higher education.

Christina Baker
2016 Fulbright Scholar

Christina Baker has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to Estonia. An Honors Scholar and a Vogt Scholar at UofL, is studying abroad this spring and graduates August 2016 from the College of Arts and Sciences with a major in political science and a minor in Russian studies. She originally applied for an ETA in Latvia; however when the opportunity opened up for a single ETA placement in Estonia, the representative for Eastern Europe asked if she would be interested. Her understanding of post-Soviet international relations and the Baltic States factored into her decision.


Christian Brawner
2016 Fulbright Scholar

Christian Brawner, anthropology major and Middle East and Islamic studies minor, will graduate as an Honors Scholar in May 2016 from the College of Arts and Sciences with the rare distinction of winning both a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant to Jordan and a Critical Language Scholarship for Arabic (see below). He has recently been featured in the April 17th Louisville Cardinal, in an article titled: “Demonstrating the Power of Activism.”


Hanna DeMarcus
2016 Fulbright Scholar

Hanna DeMarcus is heading to another of the Baltic States, Belarus, with her Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant. Hanna graduated May 2015 from the College of Arts and Science as an Honors Scholar with an English and humanities major and a Russian studies minor. She was the recipient of a Critical Language Scholarship to Russia in summer 2015, and participated in the Startalk Russian Language Immersion Program at the Univ. of CA Northridge in 2013.


Jessi Dietrich
2016 Fulbright Scholar

Jessi Dietrich is one of two May 2016 graduating Honors Scholars who will be headed to Malaysia as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant. Jessi’s B.S. degree has been earned in economics from the College of Business with minors in international business and Spanish. As an undergraduate, her study abroad had the support of the College of Business for a semester in Madrid; and she was a two time recipient of the Modern Language Lewis Educational Grant.


Shelby Lawson
2016 Fulbright Scholar

Shelby Lawson, a 2014 dual degree graduate from UofL with highest honors, has secured a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant position in Indonesia for 2016-2017. She has a B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies from the College of Arts and Sciences and a B.S. from the College of Business in economics, plus a minor in international Business. As an undergraduate Shelby was a Grawemeyer Research Scholarship recipient and an active participant in the Honors Scholars program. She brings to Indonesia two years of professional experience in the Teach for America program based in a Spanish-speaking rural community on the border of Texas and Mexico.


Abigail Wittmer
2016 Fulbright Scholar

Abigail Wittmer will spend next year in Spain as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant taking part in a unique bilingual teaching program in Madrid. Not only will she instruct students in the basics of English (grammar and conversation) and American culture, her responsibilities include a content-based curriculum presented to students in both English and Spanish. Abby, a 2016 Honors Scholar graduate, has earned her degree from the College of Education and Human Development in middle/secondary education with dual certi cation in Spanish and social studies. Since early April she has been teaching Spanish full time at Mercy Academy in Louisville.


Chloe Zoeller
2016 Fulbright Scholar

Chloe Zoeller graduates this spring with majors in Spanish and political science and a minor in Latin American Studies. She is an Honors Scholar and McConnell Scholar and has dedicated herself to volunteering with organizations that serve the Hispanic population in Louisville. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant she has been chosen for in Colombia will provide the chance to teach at a university in a region away from the country’s largest cities. She brings to this assignment near native pro ciency in Spanish and eight years of experience tutoring ESL and study stretching from Argentina, Uruguay and Chile to China.