By GREGORY ZELLER //
A recent Adelphi University graduate will ride a prestigious Fulbright scholarship all the way to Costa Rica.
Adelphi alumna Carolina Medina, who earned her bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies in December 2018, will spend 10 months in the Central American republic after winning a Fulbright Award for the 2018-2019 academic year.
While in Costa Rica, Medina will serve as an English teacher’s assistant and focus on environmental work with local students, according to a release from her Garden City-based alma mater.
Medina, who participated in Adelphi’s Levermore Global Scholars program while earning her bachelor’s degree, is an ideal Fulbright scholar, according to Peter DeBartolo, administrative director of the LGS, an innovative effort to prepare students to function as part of a global community.
“Carolina demonstrates all the qualities of an emerging global citizen and leader,” DeBartolo said. “She not only excelled academically, but also thrived beyond the classroom, as she constantly connected theory and practice.”
As a Fulbright recipient and quasi-ambassador of the United States, Medina will be one of nearly 2,000 U.S. students working collaboratively with international partners in educational, political, cultural, economic and scientific fields. According to the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright program awards roughly 8,000 annual grants – 1,900 for U.S. students, 4,000 for international students, 1,200 for U.S.-based scholars and 900 for visiting scholars.
Medina, who expects to travel to Costa Rica in January 2020, framed the significant Fulbright honor as an important step on a long professional path, as well as an immediate chance to “make real change.”
“This opportunity is a stepping stone toward a career that combines my passions for environmental work and education,” she said. “I am grateful to Fulbright for providing me with the opportunity to travel to Costa Rica to utilize what I have learned through my experiences at Adelphi and the Levermore Global Scholars Program.”
This particular stepping stone has indeed proved useful for an impressive cross-section of past Fulbright scholars. Since 1946, more than 390,000 “Fulbrighters” have earned awards – and many have gone on to become heads of state, judges, ambassadors, CEOs and university presidents, along with an impressive collection of journalists, artists, scientists and teachers.
With her knack for turning book smarts and personal experiences into practical solutions, Medina has a good shot to go as far as any of those past Fulbrighters, according to her Levermore mentor.
“Whether she was representing LGS at United Nations events or studying environmental issues in Australia, she always sought to apply her knowledge and skills to real-world challenges,” DeBartolo said. “Carolina works extremely hard to achieve her goals, and also possesses the rare ability to think about our contemporary world in a truly interdisciplinary way.”