Six Fulbright Scholarships Awarded

April 03, 2012

Five Rollins students and one alumna have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships. They join over 1,600 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2012-13 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Traveling to six countries on three continents, Shayla Alamino ’12, Aislinn Betancourt ’12, Kory Eylmann ’12, Jane Lombardi ’11, Nic Ramos-Flores ’12, and Ian Wallace ’12 will spend time in host countries teaching English as a foreign language and fostering mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries.

Since receiving its first Fulbright Award in 1951, Rollins has produced a total of 42 Fulbright Scholars (17 of whom have been named since 2005).

Shayla Alamino ’12

Shayla Alamino ’12

Alamino views the scholarship as an opportunity to immerse herself in an entirely new culture while challenging her train of critical and imaginative skills through teaching. The theater arts major also looks forward to applying her performance background to the teaching process.

“My parents immigrated to the U.S. with little money, few belongings, and only a handful of English words when they were my age,” Alamino said. “Their journey has shown me the importance of making education a priority.”

Alamino has been accepted to the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University, where she will begin an MFA program upon completing the Fulbright program.

Aislinn Betancourt ’12

Aislinn Betancourt ’12

When not teaching, Betancourt—a religious studies major and Jewish studies minor—plans to use the time in Malaysia to learn more about the country’s religious practices, focusing primarily on its three major religious groups—Islam, Buddhism, and Hinduism.

“I hope to visit a number of mosques and temples around the area I will be stationed, get to know my community’s spiritual leaders, and become involved in faith-based initiatives for peaceful religious coexistence.”

Upon completion of the Fulbright program, Betancourt plans to pursue dual degrees in law and religious studies.

Kory Eylmann ’12

Kory Eylmann ’12

During his first year at Rollins, Eylmann became immersed in the German language and its culture as part of his German RCC course. Since then, the international business major and German minor has also spent six months studying abroad in Germany.

“As far as education is concerned, I’m only familiar with the University system, so I’m interested to see and experience other aspects of the school system, including its similarities to and differences from the U.S.”

Upon completion of the Fulbright program, Eylmann plans to pursue an MBA.

Jane Lombardi ’11

Jane Lombardi ’11

A Spanish and Latin American and Caribbean studies double major, Lombardi views her assistantship as an opportunity to facilitate mutual understanding while promoting a stronger relationship between the U.S. and Mexico.

“The people of Mexico have such a hybrid and diverse culture that differs vastly from that of the United States, yet we share an immense border and there is a large Latino population in the U.S.,” said Lombardi.

Upon completion of the Fulbright program, Lombardi plans to pursue a doctorate program in Hispanic literature.

Nick Ramos-Flores ’12

Nic Ramos-Flores ’12

A Hispanic-American fluent in English and Spanish, Ramos-Flores is excited about the opportunity to travel somewhere he’s never been, experience a culture about which he knows little, and learn a new language.

“As a native Spanish speaker and Spanish major, I am able to see patterns in other romance languages,” Ramos-Flores said. “Learning Korean will be a completely new experience linguistically that I hope will have long-term benefits.”

Upon completion of the Fulbright program, Ramos-Flores plans to teach or pursue graduate school.

Ian Wallace ’12

Ian Wallace ’12

An international relations major and Asian studies minor, Wallace hopes to learn some of the language, Nepali, and to build upon the work he participated in while visiting Nepal as part of a field study trip in 2010.

“Witnessing the state of poverty in Nepal, particularly in the education system, as well as experiencing first-hand the compassion and kindness of the Nepali people sparked in me a desire to return and continue to contribute in some way,” Wallace said.

Wallace recently interviewed with Teach for America, which he hopes to work for upon completing the Fulbright program.

Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to pursue international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

Rollins students interested in the Fulbright program should contact Director of External and Competitive Scholarships Jay Shivamoggi at or 407-646-2346.

By Laura J. Cole

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