Two Marywood Students Make Fulbright Finalists Distinction

Published on Fri, March 02, 2012

Kelsey Knight and Jonathan Najarian, both graduating seniors at Marywood University, have been named "Fulbright Finalists" for their respective work in secondary education and urban development.

Najarian, who is half Armenian and half Finnish, says he developed an interest in urban development when his great-grandfather, a survivor of the Armenian genocide, emigrated to Cambridge, MA, and founded a grocery store called, "Fresh Pond Market." Najarian—a third generation Armenian-American—began his research grant application last year.

Knight's interest in secondary education led her to apply for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, hoping to work with English language learners in Malaysia. Teaching is in her blood, she says.

Both students will be notified later this spring if they have received the grant and the title of "Fulbright Scholar 2012–2013."

For more information, please contact Joseph Polizzi, Ph.D., assistant professor of education and educational leadership, at (570) 348-6211 x2497 or