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Rhodes Boasts Third Fulbright Award Grantee This Year

Publication Date: 4/30/2012

Rhodes College alumnus Daniel Williford ’11, who majored in history and French, will travel to Morocco through the Fulbright Program. He joins Rhodes’ Jake Groves ’12 who will travel to Russia and Richard Hurd ’08 who will travel to Brazil as Fulbright student grantees for 2012-2103.

“It’s unusual for three students from a small liberal arts college to win Fulbright grants in any one year; but, some of our most academically ambitious students are applying for these nationally competitive scholarships, and our best students compete favorably with students from any college or university in the nation,” says Dr. Michael LaRosa, Co-Director of Post-Graduate Fellowships.

A native Memphian, Williford will be an English Language Teaching Assistant in a Moroccan university where he will have the opportunity to work with Moroccan students and faculty, forming meaningful connections and honing his teaching skills. While in Morocco, Williford intends to concentrate on improving his Arabic, and he also hopes to explore potential research topics for a future graduate degree in history.

Currently, Williford is living and working in Memphis. He teaches volunteer ESL and GED classes for the Refugee Empowerment program and works as a program assistant at the Memphis Leadership Foundation.

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.

Tags: Alumni, Honors, President

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