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Fullbright logoBard College at Simon’s Rock senior Olivia Stransky was awarded a 2010-2011 Fulbright Scholarship to the Slovak Republic, where she will teach English to BA and MA students at Comenius University Bratislava. The Fulbright—America’s flagship exchange program—fosters international research and collaboration, and funds scholars who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Olivia,” Bard College at Simon’s Rock faculty member John Weinstein remarked. “It will afford her the opportunity to live in a part of the world where she has deep interests and to work closely with young people, teaching them about her own culture, and learning about theirs.”

Stransky is the second Simon’s Rock senior in three years to have been awarded a prestigious Fulbright scholarship—an exceptionally strong track record for such a small institution. A Fulbright alum himself, Weinstein said, “I hope that this success demonstrates just how competitive Simon's Rock students are in pursuing major national fellowships.”

The Fulbright adds to the many awards and honors that Stransky has accumulated while enrolled at Simon’s Rock and to her credentials as a dedicated international volunteer.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946, and operates in more than 140 countries worldwide. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 270,000 participants with an opportunity to observe each others' political, economic, educational, and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world.