10 Bates students and alumni awarded Fulbright grants

Bates College's 2014 Fulbright recipients as of June 5, 2014. Top row, from left: K. Ailes, E. Gawarkiewicz, A. Hill, A. Lepre, C. Maeder. Bottom row: O. Minott, A. Munter, M. Ramey, J. Stewart, A. Strada.

Bates College’s 2014 Fulbright recipients as of June 5, 2014. Top row, from left: K. Ailes, E. Gawarkiewicz, A. Hill, A. Lepre, C. Maeder. Bottom row: O. Minott, A. Munter, M. Ramey, J. Stewart, A. Strada.

Known as a top producer of students receiving prestigious Fulbright grants for teaching and research abroad, Bates has announced that 10 seniors and former students have received Fulbright awards this year.

Supporting an academic year of research and teaching in more than 155 countries outside the United States, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program is funded primarily by the U.S. Department of State and sends some 1,500 U.S. citizens abroad annually.

This year, 16 current Bates students or alumni were selected as Fulbright finalists. Of the 10 recipients, all but one were awarded English Teaching Assistantships, which support positions teaching English in primary and secondary schools or universities.

The exception was Bates senior Kathryn Ailes, who received a grant for study and research. She is Bates’ first Fulbright recipient to enter a master’s program in the U.K.

Meet Bates’ 2014 Fulbright recipients (except as indicated, all are members of the Class of 2014):

Kathryn Ailes of Swarthmore, Pa. A double major in English and dance, she received a grant for study and research and will enter the Masters of Research program at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

Ellen Gawarkiewicz of North Falmouth, Mass. A 2013 graduate of Bates, where she majored in environmental studies and graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Gawarkiewicz received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for work in Nepal.

Alexandra Hill of Wayland, Mass. A double major in Spanish and sociology, Hill was awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship for work in Brazil.

Ashley Lepre of Portland, Maine. A 2013 graduate of Bates, where she majored in English, Lepre was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship for Bulgaria.

Clara Maeder of Washington, D.C. A politics major, Maeder received an English Teaching Assistantship for Mexico.

Owen Minott of Needham, Mass. A politics major, Minott was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship for Brazil.

Anna Munter of Washington, D.C. A French and Francophone studies major, Munter received an English Teaching Assistantship for Malaysia.

Meg Ramey of San Francisco. A 2012 graduate of Bates, where she majored in English and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, Ramey is the recipient of an English Teaching Assistantship for Mexico.

John Stewart of Keene, N.H. A double major in philosophy and politics, Stewart was awarded an English Teaching Assistantship for Brazil.

Amy Strada of North Salem, N.Y. An English major, Strada received an English Teaching Assistantship for the Czech Republic.

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