Lescas and Jaeger are currently enrolled in graduate studies. An
aspiring policy analyst, Lescas hopes to pursue a doctorate after
completing his master’s program. Jaeger, who deferred admission to law
school upon receipt of her Fulbright award, is applying the benefits of
her Fulbright year to her studies at William & Mary
“Being able to live in a different place for a year opens
your mind to people from many walks of life,” she said. “Going to law
school with such an open mind will allow me to meet people and to look
at things from many different angles.”
Jaeger also plans to put her
language fluency to use, as she hopes to work with Spanish-speaking
Sanders has also returned to the United States, where she hopes to continue her career in international education.
“I think I could really do a lot of good and give back to the U.S.,
who sent me on my Fulbright, by helping American students go abroad,”
she said. “Many of the challenges faced by the U.S. will require a
globally-minded citizenry to solve them. If I can get one student to
study abroad who might not have otherwise, I will feel like I’ve given
back to my country.”
Advice for aspiring Fulbrighters
For those interested in applying for a Fulbright award, UD’s most
recent Fulbright Society Members have one shared piece of advice: Get
“My experience at Delaware wholeheartedly prepared me for my
experience in Madrid in so many ways,” Jaeger said. “I was involved in
many different activities and worked with many different kinds of
people, from my peers to administrators and faculty. That experience
allowed me to be an effective collaborator and to connect with people
from all over the world.”
UD students and alumni who plan to apply for a Fulbright award are encouraged to visit the Institute for Global Studies website, follow along on Instagram and Twitter for key updates, and contact Katharine Kerrane for advisement.
About the Institute for Global Studies
The Institute for Global Studies
(IGS) was created in 2009 to enhance the international dimensions of
teaching, research and outreach at the University of Delaware. IGS
provides leadership and support for programs and experiences that
contribute to the education of informed, skilled, open-minded citizens
of the world.
Best known for coordinating the University’s study abroad program,
IGS also awards scholarships and grants to faculty and students,
administers State Department-sponsored programs such as the UD Fulbright Initiative, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) Student Leaders Institute and the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Student Leaders on Women’s Leadership (SUSI-WL) program, and sponsors globally-focused events throughout the year.
IGS collaborates with campus partners, including the Office for International Students and Scholars, the Confucius Institute and the Center for Global and Area Studies. In addition, IGS partners with Enrollment Management to coordinate the UD World Scholars Program.
Article by Nikki Laws