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Wednesday, May 9, 2012 - 1:00pm


Tighisti Amahazion ‘11 Awarded
Student Fulbright Scholarship to Kenya


Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. – May 9, 2012 –  Her passion for culture, her love of literature and her commitment to humanitarianism has led to a Fulbright English Teaching Scholarship in Kenya, Africa. Tighisti Amahazion ’11 will spend the 2012-2013 academic year assisting with one-on-one tutoring as well as co-teaching small and large groups to help improve English reading and writing skills of secondary students for whom English is the primary language of instruction at school.

Mercy College School of Liberal Arts Dean Miriam Gogol describes Tighisti as “the whole package, someone who sparkles with talent and someone who is intellectually curious, intellectually adventurous, with a passion for going to East Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. Tighisti truly believes in Senator Fulbright’s mission to share U.S. culture and to absorb the culture of another country.”

Amahazion is a graduate assistant at Columbia University while conducting Developmental Research at Mercy College under the Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) program. While a student at Mercy College, Amahazion received Academic Award recognition while studying Psychology. She was mentored by several faculty members and assisted in English classes, as she was also known for her love of literature and her passion for the arts.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals and artists to study abroad for one academic year. The purpose of the Fulbright Program is to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The program is designed to give recent college graduates opportunities for personal development and international experience.