UMass Boston Alumna Earns Coveted Fulbright Award
June 29, 2012
Office of Communications
Andrea Leone, a 2012 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Boston, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship and will spend the next year teaching English in Rome, Italy.
Leone, 25, is an East Boston resident who is originally from Hamden, Connecticut. She is one of over 1,700 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2012-2013 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, administered by the Institute of International Education. She will be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Rome.
Fulbright awards to Italy are extremely competitive. Only about 3 percent of applicants to the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program received an award for the 2012-2013 year.
An honors graduate in anthropology from UMass Boston, Leone is no stranger to international adventures. During her time at UMass Boston, Leone spent a summer in Kassel, Germany, and also studied for 11 months in Verona, Italy. Leone teaches English as a second language courses at The Boston Language Institute in Kenmore Square. Her undergraduate thesis examined intercultural competence in commercial ESOL schools.
Leone is the seventh Fulbright winner at UMass Boston since 1999.
About the Fulbright Program
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. 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, and has served approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists.
About UMass Boston
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