Benevides has been selected by the US-UK Fulbright Commission to experience the UK on a four-week summer program focused on understanding "Britishness" and studying British Culture. The Summer Institutes form part of the US-UK Fulbright Commission's work to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange.
"I am so honored and beyond excited to have been selected as a Fulbright Summer Institute participant, this still doesn't feel real to me," Benevides said. "I plan to use to incredible opportunity to make wonderful new connections that would have otherwise not been possible. I also plan to further my academic career by taking advantage of the Forensic Psychology module at the University of Sussex. I am currently a psychology major, and I plan to move forward with my education to eventually become a forensic psychologist, with a long-term goal of working for the FBI. I was drawn to the University of Sussex for a host of reasons, but I am most excited about being somewhere that embraces art, culture and diversity as much as Brighton, UK, does."
Benevides' award marks the eighth consecutive year Emmanuel has had a student Fulbright recipient. Recent Fulbright English Teaching Assistants include Sam Farquharson '17 (Malaysia), Emily Larkin '16 (Morocco), Johanna Salisbury '15 (Andorra), Hilary Skov '15 (Indonesia) and Joe Horgan '13 (Latvia). Previous Summer Institute participants include James Withers '16 (Belfast, Northern Ireland) and Emily Shea '14 (London, England).
Fulbright Summer Institutes cover all participant costs and provide participants with a distinctive support and cultural education programme including visa processing, a comprehensive pre-departure orientation, enrichment opportunities in country, a re-entry session and an opportunity to join the Fulbright alumni networks.
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.
"As we celebrate the US-UK Fulbright Commission's 70th Anniversary year, we are so proud of what our programmes have achieved, the number of Americans and Brits who have benefitted from educational exchange and of the special relationship that we continue to renew and strengthen," said Peggy Egan CBE, executive director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission. "The Summer Institutes provide students with a great opportunity to experience the UK higher education system, immerse themselves in British culture and further develop intercultural understanding between our two countries."