(April 13, 2021) — Hendrix
College is pleased to announce that Elizabeth Jones, a history major and German
minor from Mount Vernon, Arkansas, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student
Program award to study at Royal Holloway, University of London for the 2021-2022
academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright
Foreign Scholarship Board.
Jones is one of over 2,100 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research, and
teach abroad for the 2021-2022 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student
Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected in an open, merit-based
competition that considers leadership potential, academic and/or professional
achievement, and record of service. As Fulbright alumni, their
careers are enriched by joining a network of thousands of esteemed alumni, many
of whom are leaders in their fields. Fulbright alumni include 60 Nobel Prize
laureates, 88 Pulitzer Prize recipients, and 37 who have served as a head of
state or government.
Jones’s focus within Holocaust Studies is women’s
Holocaust experiences. Her current research centers on the creation of
surrogate families in concentration camps and their importance to women’s
survival. She plans to use her Fulbright award to continue researching women’s Holocaust
experiences at Royal Holloway, University of London.
“What an honor for Elizabeth Jones to be named
a Fulbright Finalist and be able to experience the benefits of participating in
our government’s flagship international exchange program,” said Hendrix College
President W. Ellis Arnold III. “We are proud to have her join the many
students, faculty, and staff from Hendrix who have benefited from applying for
a Fulbright Program grant, and we are excited that she has been selected to receive
an award. We congratulate Elizabeth and look forward to seeing where her
research interests take her in the coming year and beyond.”
Fulbright U.S. Student Program is administered at Hendrix College through Professor
Daniel J. Whelan of the Politics Department. “As Fulbright advisor, I’ve been
working hard to emphasize to our students how well the Hendrix experience
positions them to compete for these awards, as competitive as they are,” Whelan
said. “Elizabeth’s proposal for the Royal Holloway award – which was
extraordinarily competitive – was exemplary in that respect. I’m so excited for
her to embark on the next stage of her journey.”
The Fulbright Program is the flagship
international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and
is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the United
States and the people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help
people and nations work together toward common goals. Since its establishment
in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 390,000 dedicated and
accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all
backgrounds to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and find
solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is funded
through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S.
Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions,
corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect
support to the Program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.
more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.
About Hendrix College
A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit www.hendrix.edu.