St. Bonaventure University’s Shannon Conheady has been awarded a grant from the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program.
Conheady, who graduated Sunday with an Honors degree and a bachelor’s degree in history, will be placed this fall as an English teaching assistant (ETA) at a Slovak Republic secondary school. She is the third St. Bonaventure student to earn a Fulbright grant in the last two years.
Conheady is one of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-2016 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential.
“Our campus Fulbright Committee was very impressed with Shannon’s application,” said Dr. Mary Rose Kubal, associate professor of political science and Fulbright program adviser at St. Bonaventure. “We couldn’t be prouder of her. She’ll do great work in the Slovak Republic.”
Conheady, who attended Churchville-Chili High School in suburban Rochester, was also named the Ideal Bonaventure Woman during Commencement Weekend exercises at St. Bonaventure (May 15-17).
“I am excited to serve as an ETA because it will give me the opportunity to help students overcome the language and cultural barriers between the next generation of global citizens in the Slovak Republic and the United States,” Conheady said. “At the same time, I am eager to learn from my students and the people I will meet in the Slovak Republic about their country and rich culture.”
Conheady said she hopes to use her knowledge of intramural and club sports to teach about American culture.
“Based on the interest level of my students, I would like to set up afterschool intramural teams to teach athletic fundamentals,” said Conheady, who was president of St. Bonaventure’s women’s rugby team. “This will give the students the opportunity to broaden their English and work outside the classroom as a team.”
The opportunity to broaden her cultural horizons makes her assignment in Europe even more special, Conheady said.
“We need leaders in our own time. The only way to become a leader in this new, globalized world is to immerse oneself in the thousands of cultures in it,” she said. “These intercultural experiences will allow leaders to promote understanding, rid the world of stereotypes, and truly move our societies forward together.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.
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