Melissa Munoz earned a Fulbright Award following graduation from Scripps College this spring and will spend the next year working with high school students in Malaysia. Her teammate, Jessica Vaughn '09, taught for a year in Sri Lanka as a Fulbright scholar.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is one of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide and the largest exchange program for U.S. students. Founded through the introduction of legislation by United States Senator J. William Fulbright in 1946, and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program was established to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries through the exchange of persons, knowledge, and skills. It is now active in over 155 countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to study abroad for one academic year.
Munoz (pictured left) played three years of softball for the Athenas. She did not play her senior season to focus on academics and postgraduation plans which culminated with her earning a Fulbright. She became interested in the program after her friend and teammate Vaughn (picture right) earned a Fulbright two years earlier.
For information on Munoz and all of the Scripps students who earned Fulbright this year, visit the article on the Scripps College website: