Three Manhattan College Students Gain Fulbright Honors


Manhattan College seniors Natalia Alvarez, Alia Flanigan and Emily Hay each received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant awards for the 2019-2020 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

It’s the first time more than one Manhattan student earned the honor in a single academic year.

Ms. Flanigan, an international studies major, and Ms. Hay, a special education/adolescent education major, will both teach in Malaysia. Ms. Alvarez, an international studies major, will teach in Brazil.

“Each of these students has different backgrounds and experiences. Yet all three are outstanding examples of how intelligence and a willingness to put in significant effort creates amazing opportunities,” said Dr. Cory Blad, professor and chair of sociology at Manhattan College and a faculty adviser to students interested in the Fulbright Program.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, established in 1946 through legislation introduced by late U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, has awarded more than 390,000 individuals the chance to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The program, which seeks to build connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries, is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State.


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