University of Redlands Fulbright Recipients to Travel to Germany
For the fourth year in a row, University of Redlands graduates will teach or research in Germany under the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship
REDLANDS, CA (May 20, 2011)— University of Redlands seniors Sam Boutelle and Matt De Felice have been selected as the eighth and ninth Fulbright scholars from the University and will travel to Germany this summer to conduct research and teach, respectively. In addition, Ann Zhang has been chosen as an alternate Fulbright scholarship recipient to teach in Germany.
This year’s recipients continue the strong showing of Fulbright scholars at Redlands, which has sent students abroad on such scholarships each year for the past four.
University of Redlands Business Administration Professor Jack Osborn, who assists interested students in the application process for a Fulbright, said, “When you compare our ratio of applicants to awards, Redlands is highly competitive with the major research institutions.”
Boutelle, who is the first graduate of the University’s unique Johnston Center for Integrative Studies to receive a Fulbright scholarship, will research food programs in German public schools. De Felice, who will graduate in May with a degree in Global Business, will be teaching students in Germany for his Fulbright grant.
The Global Business program represents almost half of Fulbright award winners from Redlands. Boutelle and De Felice also represent the sixth and seventh University of Redlands students selected to study and work in Germany on Fulbright scholarships, which Osborn says speaks incredibly well for the German language program at Redlands.
Boutelle, in addition to his Johnston Center education, was a Proudian Interdisciplinary Scholar in the University’s honors program for exceptional students, a volunteer at an eco village in Lebanon and participated in the Council on International Educational Exchange in Jordan in 2010.
De Felice, who is returning to Germany for the fifth time, has worked, studied and traveled extensively in the country. In 2010, he interned in the marketing department of what was then Invitek GmbH, a nucleic acid sample preparation lab, in Berlin, Germany. He is the recipient of the Edison International Public Award Scholarship as well as the J. Norman & Ann C. Naylor Presidential Scholarship.
Fulbright awards are the highest and most competitive awards for overseas research or teaching given by the federal government to approximately 1,500 graduating seniors. Annually only 11 percent of all Fulbright awards are given to undergraduate students.