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Student heads to Belfast on Fulbright award

Chelsea McDonald ’17 will study at Queen’s University as part of the Fulbright Summer Institute, one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs operating world-wide.

The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship program offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. Award recipients and summer program participants will be the future leaders for tomorrow and support the “special relationship” between the United States and the United Kingdom. 

As a participant, McDonald has been selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the United Kingdom on a four-week summer program at Queen’s University in Belfast. 

“As a Fulbright summer program participant I am very excited to expand my knowledge of the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland, in particular,” McDonald said. “I am especially excited to be able to learn more about Northern Ireland’s peace conflict resolution process as I hope to work to help similar communities for the rest of my life. Upon learning I received a place at Queen’s University for the summer, I was thrilled to find out I had this life-changing opportunity.”  

The Commission selects participants through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards, the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning. 

The Fulbright summer program covers all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education program including pre- departure preparation, enrichment opportunities in the country of study, and an opportunity to join the alumni networks. 

McDonald is double majoring in politics and sociology/anthropology with a minor in social justice. She is vice-president of Student Women Awareness Network, an ambassador for the College, a radio disc jockey, newspaper designer and design editor for the literary magazine. She also interns for a U.S. Congressman and runs a pen pal program for third graders between North Chicago and Uganda. McDonald’s free time is spent in either art museums or at poetry slams.