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April 29, 2016

Larkin '16 Named Fulbright Student Grant Recipient to Morocco

International studies major Emily Larkin ’16 was recently awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Grant to serve as an English Teaching Assistant in Morocco. Larkin’s award marks the sixth consecutive year that Emmanuel has had a Fulbright student winner.

Emily Larkin '16 dove head-first into her undergraduate experience at Emmanuel, amassing an impressive résumé that is global in focus and in breadth. In addition to an international studies major, with a concentration in diplomacy and security, a history minor and language certificates in French and Arabic, she made time for study abroad, internships, community service and a capstone research project on Palestinian women and their role in conflict. As she prepares to graduate in the coming weeks, Larkin's post-Emmanuel journey looks just as bright-in September, she will travel to Morocco as a recipient of a competitive and prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Grant.

Larkin's award marks the sixth consecutive year Emmanuel has had a student Fulbright recipient. The 10-month fellowship will be her third trip to the North African country. During her first trip, a summer 2014 ISA (International Studies Abroad) program in Meknes, she absorbed the cultural and historic richness of the country, visiting 11 cities in 10 weeks with her roommates and fellow program participants.

"I loved the country," she said. "It was beautiful and so easy to navigate, but I was also in search of a more immersive language experience."  

She returned the following year and lived with a host family in Fes, who she said didn't speak or understand any English, except for one word: boyfriend.

Her placement through the Fulbright program is still unconfirmed, though her role as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) will allow her to further sharper her language skills in French and Arabic. The ETA program places Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to the local English teachers for non-native English speakers. In this role, ETAs help teach the English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the United States. The age and academic level of the students varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.

"I'm really excited," she said. "And also relieved; keeping up that Emmanuel streak of Fulbright winners was, you know, no pressure at anything!"

While at Emmanuel, Larkin served on executive boards of the College's Model UN and the Political Forum, as a student leader for the Boston-based and food justice-focused Alternative Spring Break and as the student coordinator of the Notre Dame Campus' urban garden. Since 2015, she has interned with the Open Learning Exchange, an organization that promotes worldwide literacy and advocates for open and free access to quality basic education.

In fall 2017, she will continue her studies with a master's degree in international affairs from the George Washington University.

For more information on Fulbright grants and other opportunities, check out our Scholarships + Fellowships page, or contact Dr. Laurie Johnston, Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies and Director of Fellowships.