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Sanborn's Kelsey Kwandrans earns Fulbright Award

Thu, Jun 6th 2019 07:00 am
Kelsey Kwandrans
Kelsey Kwandrans

Sanborn native and Mount St. Mary Academy graduate Kelsey Kwandrans has won a 2019-20 U.S. Student Fulbright award to Spain. Kwandrans graduated in May from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. degree in English and a minor in Spanish.

After her Fulbright year teaching English in Galicia, Spain, Kwandrans plans to attend graduate school in preparation for a career as an English language arts or English as a new language teacher in adolescent education.

At Geneseo, Kwandrans was a member of the Edgar Fellows Program, the Speech Buddies program, and president of the English Immersion Group, a student organization for non-native English speakers. She was a teaching assistant for the Orleans-Niagara BOCES program in Niagara Falls, and a tutor for the Migrant Language and Culture Exchange.

SUNY Geneseo was recently named a top producer of U.S. Student Fulbright awards, the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced in its annual article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The Fulbright Program is the highly competitive flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and citizens of other countries. According to the U.S. State Department, Fulbrighters are considered cultural ambassadors who “interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.”

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