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Alexander Miller, X '10, Wins Fulbright Fellowship

Monday, June 13, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Teri Forsythe
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Alexander Miller, X '10, Wins Fulbright Fellowship 

Alex Miller X’10, of Sudbury, Mass., has been named a 2011-2012 Fulbright Fellow. One of ten Amherst students to win the prestigious fellowship, Br. Miller will will teach English in South Korea during his Fulbright year.

With a B.A. in English from Amherst, Miller has spent the year since his graduation working in Amherst's Career Center and at Connecticut Public Broadcasting. His other teaching experiences have included designing and implementing a summer creative writing course for underprivileged teens as part of the University of New Hampshire’s Upward Bound program and working at the Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in Brooklyn.

After spending this year as a teacher, coach and mentor in the Korean school system, Miller intends to bring his new pedagogical insights to Teach For America and ultimately to a long-term career as a high school English teacher.

"We are pleased that so many Amherst graduates will be actively participating in this positive cultural exchange,” said Denise Gagnon, the college’s fellowships coordinator.

According to the programs' website, Congress established the Fulbright Program in 1946 "to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges.” Sen. J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw scholarship as an alternative to armed conflict. Today the program is funded by an annual Congressional appropriation and contributions from other participating countries, allowing Americans to teach or conduct research in more than 100 nations.

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