REDLANDS, CA (June 7, 2011)— Recent University of Redlands graduate Matt De Felice, of Temecula, will be traveling to Germany this summer to teach under a Fulbright scholarship.
De Felice is one of nine Fulbright scholars to emerge from the University of Redlands in the past four years. He is a 2007 graduate of Temecula’s Great Oak High School, a member of the school’s first graduating class.
“When you compare our ratio of applicants to awards, Redlands is highly competitive with the major research institutions,” said Jack Osborn, a University of Redlands business professor who assists interested students in the application process for a Fulbright.
De Felice, who holds a bachelor’s degree in Global Business, will be returning to Germany for the fifth time and 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 also the recipient of the Edison International Public Award Scholarship and the J. Norman & Ann C. Naylor Presidential Scholarship.
The Global Business program at the University of Redlands represents almost half of the Fulbright award winners from the University. De Felice is among seven Fulbright scholars from the University who were selected to study or teach in Germany, which Osborn says speaks well for the German language program.
De Felice, whose mother and an aunt are alumni of the University, says that Redlands gave him “an amazing amount of opportunities to get involved, study abroad and to learn.”
“My professors mentored and guided me through all four years, which was extremely helpful in finding a job and applying for the Fulbright because they were there every step of the way,” he said.
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.