Student Rebecca Schwalb Wins Fulbright Scholarship

Published on Fri, May 02, 2014

Student Rebecca Ann Schwalb has been awarded a Fulbright scholarship and will begin her assistantship in July working as an English teaching assistant in South Korea.

Ms. Schwalb, Mequon, WI, will graduate in May with bachelor's degrees in both Spanish and history. She was awarded the Fulbright scholarship based upon her academic achievements, dedication to community service, and passion for teaching English to foreign students. Ms. Schwalb said, "I would like to contribute to the ongoing cooperation between our two nations in a field that I find very important: education."

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards scholarships to seniors, graduate students, young professionals, scientists, and artists selected through a national, merit-based competition for study and research abroad. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places students, primarily new college graduates, as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, where they increase foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States.

Ms. Schwalb has a passion for teaching and learning languages. She speaks Spanish, Arabic, and Hebrew, and, while on a community service trip to Tanzania, she was able to "pick up Swahili a little," said Ms. Schwalb. In addition to her community service trip to Tanzania, she also traveled to Ecuador and Guatemala to volunteer, work, and intern.

Ann Cerminaro-Costanzi, Ph.D., associate professor of foreign languages, said, "Rebecca is one of the most motivated and self-directed students I have ever had the pleasure of teaching, and I look forward to learning of Rebecca's fellowship experiences."

For more information on Fulbright grant opportunities, contact Joseph A. Polizzi, Ph.D., associate professor of education, at or (570) 348-6211 x2497.