Graduating class produces four Fulbright scholars

photo courtesy of the New College Office of Public Affairs

(From left to right): Thesis students Dana Ziegler, Susanna Payne-Passmore, Christopher Mullholland and Kathleen McQueeny received Fulbright grants to study abroad next year. New College, which has the second-highest amount of Fulbright award-winners per capita, has produced 30 scholars over the past five years.

Four New College students were awarded the Fullbright scholarship for the 2012-13 year bringing the university’s total Fullbright scholars to 69.  This year’s recipients are thesis students Kathleen McQueeney, Christopher Mulholland, Susanna Payne-Passmore and Dana Ziegler. New College has now produced 30 Fullbright scholars in the last five years. The Fullbright program is a scholarship program that awards grants to university students of high academic merit and leadership potential and allows them to go abroad to study or conduct research. Established in 1946, the Fullbright program has had nearly 310,000 participants since its inception and awards close to 8,000 grants a year.

With an area of concentration in economics, McQueeney won a Fullbright to the Netherlands, though she plans in lieu of her Fulbright grant to pursue doctoral studies at Brandeis University on a full-ride scholarship. Mulholland won a Fullbright to Germany where he will continue his thesis work on epigenetics and microbiology. Payne-Passmore attained a Fullbright to Georgia where she will teach English and use her studies in music composition at New College to introduce American culture to her students. With a Fullbright to Indonesia, Zieglar plans to spend a year there teaching English.

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