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Four of Ten Fulbrights Go to COSSPP Students

June 11, 2019

by Amy Farnum-Patronis, University Communications, and COSSPP communications staff

Four recent graduates with majors in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy are among the ten outstanding Florida State University graduate students and recent alumni who will spend the 2019-2020 academic year teaching English or conducting research projects abroad as a part of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

The program, administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers grants for graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study, research and/or teach English in participating countries around the world for one year.

“To have 10 Florida State university students and recent alumni recognized as recipients of 2019 Fulbright student scholarships indicates the high level of innovative research, global engagement and impactful service our students complete year after year,” said Craig Filar, associate dean of Undergraduate Students and director of the Office of National Fellowships. “My hope is that our current undergraduate and graduate students will find inspiration in this current group of Fulbright recipients and consider their own potential to pursue a Fulbright as well.”

Three of the four recipients will participate in the English Teaching Assistant program, which places Fulbright scholars in classrooms abroad to assist local English teachers and to serve as cultural ambassadors for the U.S.

The COSSPP recipients of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program study/research grants are:

Roberto Flores, 23, of McAllen, Texas, graduated in May with bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and interdisciplinary social science. Flores was selected for the binational business program in Mexico City, which places grantees in different business environments while taking graduate business classes at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México. After graduate school, Flores plans to work in international development with a focus in Latin America.

“For me, this Fulbright award is especially meaningful because I get to return to the city where I was born after 13 years of living in the United States. I hope to reintegrate into Mexican society and better understand how businesses operate in Mexico.”

Allison Lang, 22, of Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from Florida State in May with a dual degree in political science and international affairs. Lang, who was a member of FSU’s second class of Presidential Scholars, will teach English to high school students in South Korea during her Fulbright. She hopes to pursue a master’s degree after her Fulbright, and ultimately work for the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer.

“I am incredibly honored and thankful for this opportunity. Among other FSU mentors, I am very grateful to the fantastic staff at the Office of National Fellowships. ONF has provided consistent support throughout my undergraduate experience, opening my eyes to new possibilities, including Fulbright. I’m excited to not only serve as an American cultural ambassador but to reciprocally engage and learn more about my host country's culture and educational practices.”

Kelly Ramirez, 22, a native of Pahokee, Florida, graduated in May with a bachelor’s degree in editing, writing, and media and international affairs. She will teach English in Mexico. Ramirez has a career goal of working for the Office of English Language Acquisition in the U.S. Department of Education.

“As a first-generation college student, this entire experience has been surreal. As a Fulbright scholar, I hope to learn more about careers in education advocacy as well as foster a teaching pedagogy that is more suitable for students in U.S. schools who face language and cultural barriers. I hope to acquire the knowledge and skills to help students propel forward into the future they desire.”

Tatum Rae Shannon, 21, a Presidential Scholar from Jacksonville, Florida, graduated from Florida State in May with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and Chinese. She will teach English in South Korea and later plans to pursue a master’s degree in Chinese studies or international education. She hopes to pursue a career as a Foreign Service Officer or working with international study abroad programs.

“I am looking forward to learning more about the field of education and gaining hands on teaching experience. And of course, I am so excited to meet my students!”

Read the full story about all the Fulbright recipients from FSU here. For more information on national scholarships, contact the Office of National Fellowships or the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards.


Fulbright recipients (l-r) Roberto Flores, Allison Lang, Kelly Ramirez, Tatum Rae Shannon