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2010 Graduate Megan Larcom Wins Fulbright To Egypt

Larcom-feature-story-thumbnail-102x83Megan Larcom, who graduated this spring with a B.S. in Business Administration and a second B.S. in Global Politics, was recently awarded the prestigious Fulbright scholarship to Egypt during the coming academic year. She is currently studying in Morocco on a Critical Language Scholarship provided by the U.S. Department of State. In September she will begin a nine-month stay at Suez Canal University in Ismailia, Egypt where she will teach English while working on a research project.

Megan’s potential for academic excellence and leadership was recognized early on when she was made a Charpie Scholar in her freshman year. She was awarded the Critical Language grant two years in a row and last spring she was also a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. To her 4.0 GPA she adds varsity crew as well as positions in student government and as a resident assistant. She was also elected Andrew Carnegie Society Scholar as well as Phi Beta Kappa, one of the highest undergraduate honors.

“She is the kind of person who early on took advantage of all the resources both at the Tepper School and within Carnegie Mellon University as a whole to develop her global interests and expand her language skills,” said Stephanie Wallach, Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. “A tremendous learner as well as an intellectual seeker, Megan is a person who seeks out opportunities.”

Megan’s interest in Arabic language and culture stemmed from her semester at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar in the fall of her sophomore year, where she was a teaching assistant for accounting and the first full-time exchange student on the university’s campus in the Middle East.

 “I grew up traveling a lot and spent time in Germany four years ago,” she said. “I wanted to explore a place so different from my previous experiences and so important for how the world is developing today.”

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. Megan worked closely with Carnegie Mellon’s Fellowships and Scholarships Office on all aspects of the complicated application process for both the Fulbright and the Critical Languages scholarships.

Wallach adds that this year is the first time English teaching assistantships have been offered in Egypt, and only 10 scholarships to the country were offered to American students.

“We’re very proud of Megan because she represents exactly what the Fulbright scholarship is about. She will be an excellent ambassador for the United States as well as someone who will embrace the culture there and obtain the maximum experience and benefit from it.”

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