Kelly M. Williams ′09 Selected for Fulbright Award to Spain

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Publication Date: 4/8/2009


Rhodes senior Kelly M. Williams of Hammond, La., has been selected to receive a Fulbright grant to teach in Spain. Williams is a Spanish major.

As a Fulbright Scholar, Williams will teach English in Spain through the English Teaching Assistantship program during the 2009-2010 academic year. She expects to be placed at an elementary school in the Madrid area. Upon completion of the Fulbright program, Williams plans to pursue a career in the field of international education or translation/interpretation.

“I would like to thank all of the members of the campus Fulbright committee, especially Professor Michael LaRosa, for their help and guidance.  I′d also like to thank Professors Doyle, Pettinaroli, and Swan for their support of my application,” says Williams. “I’m very excited about this opportunity and hope to represent Rhodes well.”

The Fulbright Program, America’s highly prestigious international educational exchange sponsor, is administered by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright, the program awards grants to students, scholars, administrators and professionals to study, teach, lecture or conduct research abroad.

At Rhodes, Williams is a Spanish peer-tutor and also studies Italian and French. She works at Rhodes’ Buckman Center for International Education as an International Education Intern and also volunteers at Clínica Esperanza in Memphis as an interpreter.  In spring 2007, she studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain.

Williams is the daughter of Steve and Nancy Williams of Hammond, La.