Alex McGrath

2020 Fulbright Scholar

Alex McGrath

Alex McGrath

Alex McGrath has earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant to teach English in Spain.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers research, study and teaching opportunities in more than 140 countries to recent graduates and graduate students. Administered in the U.S. by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright program was established in 1946 to promote international goodwill through education and cultural exchange.


This award will be the ultimate junction of things I love: traveling, learning, language and music. No other opportunity will help me explore like this one. Likewise, no other opportunity will help me help others like this one. With its focus on service, I am eager to engage with my community and form bonds that will last a lifetime."

Collegiate Experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Graduated in May 2020, with degrees in English and philosophy.

Inspired By

First and foremost are Bethany Smith and Charlie Leonard, both mentors at the National and International Scholarship Office. They were there from the very beginning of my application process to the very end, helping me realize the arc of my story and crafting it into a coherent product. I can say with confidence that UofL wouldn’t garner as many Fulbright finalists without those two working tirelessly to help each and every applicant. Gregory Hutcheson in the Language Department also made my application what it was, taking a coherent but discursive essay and helping me forge it into a more eloquent and purposeful one. Aside from the application process, Dale Billingsley has been a generous mentor to me, providing a never-ending stream of encouragement (and recommendation letters).

Hometown Information

  • Hometown:

    Louisville, KY
  • High school:

    Trinity High School (2016)

  • Parents:

    Lori and Danny McGrath of Louisville, KY