Four members of Loyola Marymount University’s Class of 2022 and a 2021 graduate have been awarded prestigious Fulbright grants to serve as English teaching assistants in countries around the globe during the 2022-23 academic year. Two additional 2022 graduates have been selected as alternates.
The finalists are:
- Marianne Hayes ’22, psychology, who is a finalist for the Taiwan English Teaching Flagship Award;
- Annie Heckman ’22, biology, who is a finalist to teach English in Indonesia;
- Harry Truong, M.A. ’21, urban education, who is a finalist to teach English in Vietnam;
- and Veronica Backer-Peral ’22, computer science, applied mathematics, and history, who is a finalist to study in France. Backer-Peral has declined her award and will attend a Ph.D. program at Princeton.
The alternates are:
- Malia Thorton ’22, Spanish, who is an alternate to teach English in Spain;
- and Tessa Muller ’22, political science, who is an alternate to study in Italy.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the country’s largest exchange program, offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program awards roughly 2,000 grants annually in all fields of study and operates in more than 140 countries.