Kenyon alumna and senior win Fulbright Scholarships that will take them homeAudrey L. Dotson '01 and Monica Cure '02 have each been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for the 2002 - 03 academic year. The Fulbright program is the U.S. government's premier scholarship program. Every year, more than four thousand students apply for a Fulbright, but only nine hundred grants are awarded for teaching or conducting research in more than one hundred nations.
Dotson, who received a teaching Fulbright, has requested to be placed in Berlin. She was born into a military family and lived in Germany until she was in the eighth grade. Although she attended the American School in Frankfurt, she developed an affection and appreciation for German culture that shaped her experience at Kenyon.
A German major at Kenyon, Dotson spent her junior year in Berlin, where she studied European politics. Upon returning to the College for her senior year, she found herself too overwhelmed by the readjustment to campus life to meet the deadlines for the Fulbright application. She decided to postpone her application for a year, and, after graduation, she took a job as a field office coordinator for the Corporation for Supportive Housing in Columbus, Ohio, not far from her family in Morrow.
Dotson has been accepted at the University of North Carolina for graduate study but has not made a final decision on what she will do when she returns from Germany.
"My mom is from the Philippines, and her family emigrated to Germany, which is where she met my dad," Dotson explains. "I still have family there and in the Philippines. In some ways, it is like going home for me."
Cure, who was born in Romania, is thrilled to have won a Fulbright Research Scholarship to study modern Romanian poets in her native country and translate their work into English.
"My family was so intent on learning English when they came here that Romanian sort of fell by the wayside, even though we lived in a large Romanian community in Detroit," says Cure.
Her language skills improved, however, when she began traveling to Romania, beginning during the summer before high school. A language-skills test was required for acceptance into the program and Cure passed without a problem.
Working and studying in the city of Cluj, the place where her mother was born and where her father went to college, Cure will translate the works of the 1950s and 60s Romanian poets Ana Blandiana, Madrin Sorescu, and Nichita Stanescu. In addition to working with a local translator, she will take a class in Romanian literature.
Cure has hopes of meeting with Ana Blandiana during her year-long stay. "She is the only one of the three still alive," says Cure, "and I would especially like to see what she thinks of my translations." Cure hopes that her translations will serve as a bridge between the American and Romanian cultures and will help people to appreciate the richness that Romanian culture has to offer.
Cure will apply to graduate schools for the year following her Fulbright experience. She hopes to teach English, comparative literature, and creative writing.
The U.S. Congress created the Fulbright Program in 1946, immediately after World War II, to foster mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchanges. Senator J. William Fulbright, sponsor of the legislation, saw it as a step toward building an alternative to armed conflict.
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