Columbia High School Rebecca Mountain (Class of 2008) was recently awarded a Fullbright scholarship to study and teach in The Netherlands. Mountain was encouraged by the Fullbright Program, which is under the stewardship of the U.S. Department of State, to share her news with her educational institutions. “Of course, I immediately thought of beloved Columbia!” wrote Mountain in an email to SOMSD Director of Communications Suzanne Turner.
Following is the press release from Fullbright:
Rebecca Mountain of Vassar College (’12) and the University of Georgia (’18) has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to The Netherlands as an English Teaching Assistant from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Should she accept the position, Mountain will support the teaching of English as part of a project to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.
Mountain is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will conduct research, teach English, and provide expertise abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Fulbrighters address critical global challenges in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.