NEW YORK, NY- May 6, 2014 – Baruch College student Jaclyn Tortora has earned a spot in the Fulbright Summer Institute to study at the University of Bristol on one of the most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programmes operating world-wide.
Jaclyn grew up in the suburb of East Meadow on Long Island in New York. She attends school at the Macaulay Honors College at Baruch where she is studying Human Resource Management with minors in Humanities and English. As a participant in the Fulbright Summer Institute at the University of Bristol, Jaclyn is thrilled to immerse herself in British culture and history while improving her leadership skills and making lifelong friends.
“As a Fulbright summer programme participant, I will be sure to gain as much knowledge as I can about British culture, history, and the ties to the United States,” she said. “I hope this work will enable me to better understand the relationship between the U.S. and the U.K. I hope to go to the U.K. as a U.S. ambassador and share my experiences living in America and erase any stigmas about the U.S. When I come back as an ambassador for the UK, I hope to promote studying abroad, spread my knowledge, and erase stigmas about British culture as well.”
Jaclyn was selected from a strong applicant pool to experience the United Kingdom on a 4-week summer programme. The Fulbright Commission-University of Bristol Summer Institute for Young American Student Leaders is a four-week cultural and academic programme for U.S. students held at the University of Bristol in the U.K. The theme of the programme is “Slavery and the Atlantic Heritage.” Participants in this summer school will get the opportunity to further their understanding of the history and culture of Bristol in particular and the United Kingdom in general, explore the specific role Bristol has played in U.S. history, and understand the relevance of the Slave Trade of the C18th and smuggling on modern Bristol and the UK. Jaclyn will also have the opportunity to enhance her leadership skills, get involved in a variety of community and civic activities, and become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom, and for the prestigious internationally renowned University of Bristol.
Jaclyn says her student life experiences at Baruch combined with the guidance of its faculty enabled her to impress the Fulbright Commission on her selection.
“I also gained a great deal of experience from Baruch when applying because I was able to list my involvement with organizations including Phi Eta Sigma, Undergraduate Student Government, and the Macaulay Honors College volunteer club, and YES (Youth Events for Seniors),” she says. “The classes I took at Baruch also helped better prepare me to write my essays.”
“Dr. Carina Pasquesi, a professor from the English Department was kind enough to write me a letter of recommendation,” she added. “Valeria Hymas, the National Fellowships Advisor helped me prepare for my telephone interview and continues to help me with follow up information and work that must be done before I leave such as this press release. I appreciate their help greatly.”
The U.S.-U.K. Fulbright Commission is the only bi-lateral, transatlantic scholarship programme, offering awards and summer programmes for study or research in any field, at any accredited U.S. or U.K. university. 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 Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning. Fulbright Summer Programmes cover all participant costs. In addition, Fulbright summer participants receive a distinctive support and cultural education programme including: pre-departure preparation, enrichment opportunities in country, and opportunity to join our alumni networks.
About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/.
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