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Our Record of Success

For decades, Holy Cross has helped scores of students secure highly competitive fellowships

Holy Cross students and alumni have a strong record of success securing highly competitive grants and scholarships, such as the Fulbright, Truman, and Goldwater, among others.

For the past several years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed Holy Cross among the “top producers” of Fulbright awards for American students. The highly competitive Fulbright grants each year go to only about 1,700 U.S. students, chosen for their leadership potential and their commitment to immersing themselves in another country. Some scholars spend the academic year teaching English in countries across the world. Others complete groundbreaking research on a wide range of topics and issues. Learn more about the Fulbright program.

2015-2016 Recipients 

Six members of the Class of 2016 and one member of the Class of 2014 have been awarded Fulbright grants to work and teach abroad during the 2016-17 academic year.

Katrina Burns ’14

Katie has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to La Rioja, Spain; she is excited to return to Spain, where she studied abroad during her junior year. As a Spanish and English double major, Katie spent her days at Holy Cross participating in Best Buddies, Big Brother, Big Sister, the Spring Break Immersion Programs, and both on and offstage in productions with A.C.T. After Holy Cross, Katie served as a Jesuit Volunteer in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua. Since returning, she has worked as the Administrative Director at PALS, an Orlando nonprofit dedicated to creating social programming and opportunities for individuals on the autism spectrum. While in Spain, Katie hopes to infuse theater and compassionate understanding for others into the English language teaching curriculum. She looks forward to collaborating with Spanish autism-related nonprofits as a part of her Fulbright service project.

Joseph Dudley ‘16

Joe has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Germany. An English and German double major, during his time at Holy Cross, Joe has tutored through S.P.U.D at Worcester North High School, been a member of the school’s Moot Court team, is co-founder and vice-president of the Holy Cross Union Society, and is co-resident of the German Club. Junior year, Joe studied at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität in Bamberg, Germany. In Bamberg he also tutored English at the Franz-Ludwig High School, an experience he will hope to build on this year in Germany.

Lydia Grek ’16

Lydia has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Taiwan.  She is a Chinese Major, Asian Studies Minor, and Peace and Conflicts Concentrator at Holy Cross  Lydia has spent her time interning at nonprofit organizations such as Oxfam America and Shanghai Roots & Shoots, and spent a summer working at Middlebury-Monterey Language Academy in Beijing.  At Holy Cross, she has been involved with the Study Abroad Office, the FLA program, and various musical ensembles.

Christopher Ryan'16

Chris has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to GreeceDuring his time at Holy Cross, Chris was a member of the Manuscripts, Inscriptions, and Documents Club; the Parnassus Classical Journal; and S.P.U.D as an ESL teacher. During his junior year, he studied abroad in Athens, Greece and Rome, Italy. Chris will be returning to Athens to teach at the Hellenic-American Education Foundation, where he hopes to become well acquainted with Greek culture, language, and people

Alexander Simrell '16

Alex has been awarded a Fulbright Research Grant to Croatia.  A Classics major and Teacher Education Program Concentrator, he has been involved with several groups on campus including the Manuscripts, Inscriptions, and Documents Club, the Society of Saints Peter and Paul, the College Choir, and Schola Cantorum.  Working with Dr. Petra Šoštarić and Dr. Neven Jovanović at the University of Zagreb, he will apply digital technologies to a collection of Latin manuscripts written by Croatian authors.

Meghan Taing ’16

Meg has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Vietnam.  At Holy Cross, Meg has been an active member of the Student Government Association and  chosen as this year’s Dir. of Social Justice Concerns on the SGA Cabinet. As an International Studies Major, Asian Studies Minor, and Peace and Conflict Studies Concentrator, Meg spent a semester each in Beijing, China and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam studying abroad. While in Beijing, Meg participated in an intensive Mandarin Chinese language program and in Vietnam, she volunteered at Disability Research Capacity and Development.  After graduation, Meg hopes to continue working in Asia to promote equal access to education, especially for individuals with special needs. 

Paige Tortorelli ’16 

Paige has been awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship to Kenya. As an English Major, she authored a thesis for the English Honors Program, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Sigma Tau Delta Societies and awarded the 2016 Leonard J. McCarthy Memorial Prize for her writing. Paige served as a S.P.U.D. Program Director for Girl’s C.H.O.I.C.E, a writing instructor for the Passport Program, a Writing Fellow, and the Opinions Editor for The Holy Cross Crusader. Her junior year was spent at Oxford University where she also wrote for The Oxford Student. Paige’s participation in an immersion program to Tanzania makes her even more excited about the possibilities for her Kenya Fulbright. She hopes to bring creativity and individualized learning techniques into the classroom as well as advancing international relations during her year in Kenya.