Award Recipients

Todd Abbott

Todd Abbott, a 2019 graduate of international business, marketing, politics, and Spanish, has been selected for a Fulbright award and will spend 2020 in Malaysia as an English Teaching Assistant. While preparing for the grant period, Todd is serving as a fellow with the economic development ministry of HOPE International and has been splitting time between their offices in Congo, Lancaster, Malawi, Rwanda, and Zimbabwe. At Messiah, Todd was heavily involved in campus life through the admissions office, ambassador program, college honors program, musical theatre department, recreational sports league, and student government association, with whom he served as the 2018-2019 student body president. Todd is originally from Fabius, New York.

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Haley Clasen

Haley Clasen (Politics and Economics, ’19) received a Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in the Middle East in the summer of 2019. The Critical Language Scholarship is a State Department program designed to allow American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world. Haley looks forward to how her increasing Arabic language capabilities will allow her to connect to those around her, at home and abroad.

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Christopher Beardsley

Christopher Beardsley, a 2016 B.A. History graduate (concentration American history) with minors in Education and Psychology finished his two years of service with Peace Corps Rwanda as a TEFL Lecturer and Teacher Trainer. In completion of his service, he became TEFL certified through Peace Corps and the Center for Applied Linguistics in D.C. He recently accepted a Fulbright award to teach English in South Africa at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. Chris has spent the past year visiting gayborhoods throughout the U.S. and documenting his experiences in honor of Stonewall’s 50th anniversary. Chris hopes to utilize these insights to better understand policy-making at home and abroad.

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Christina McIntyre


Christina McIntyre (2016), a Politics and International Relations major, with further majors in Sustainability Studies and Community and Urban Development, is using her 2016-17 Fulbright research award to Canada to study for an MA in Political Science at the University of Toronto.  Her MA thesis, which took shape as part of Christian’s senior honors project at Messiah, will focus on urban housing policy as a means of poverty de-concentration . Christina is from Street, Maryland.

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Timothy Sensenig (2015) majored in English and German with teaching certificates and is a former Messiah College Student Body President. Having studied abroad in Germany through Messiah's Intercultural Office, he will be returning in 2016-2017 to tenure a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) grant in Hamburg. Sensenig grew up in northern Lancaster County in central Pennsylvania.

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national scholarship - Jeff stilesJeffrey Stiles ('16), a politics and Chinese studies major, will use his Boren Scholarship to study Mandarin at Shanghai International Studies University for the 2014-2015 school year. Born in Lima, Peru, Stiles is fluent in Spanish and spent the spring semester of his sophomore year studying Spanish politics, history, and law at the University of Barcelona. At Messiah, he is active in the Chinese Club, where he serves as co-president, the Collaboratory (Economic Empowerment Group), and the student ambassador program.

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national scholarship - Malcolm mcdermond Malcolm McDermond, senior sociology and anthropology and Biblical and religious studies major has been selected for a Fulbright U.S. Student award for 2013-2014. He will tenure his award in Malaysia where he will hold an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA). ETAs place Fulbrighters in a classroom abroad to provide assistance to teachers of English to non-native English-speakers.

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national scholarship - Xu renA native of Henan Province, China, Xu Ren (’12, Politics) immigrated to the US in 1998. In 2010-11, Xu returned to China to study at the Dongbei University of Finance and Economics in Dalian, where he developed the preliminary idea for his senior thesis on the ability of social media to advance liberal democratic values and behaviors in China.  From 2012-13, Xu will be working in Washington DC as a research fellow in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Asia Program, focusing on US-China relations.

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national scholarship - Bianca basch An immigrant from South Africa and fluent in four languages, Bianca Basch ('12, Biology) nurtured her passion for international development by using her Boren award to live, study and intern in Thailand in 2010-11. The experience inspired her senior honors project on vermicomposting. Her thesis aims to determine if alternative waste management strategies, namely vermicomposting, can be used to divert waste naturally rather than paying for its removal. Basch hopes to return to Thailand to continue working in sustainable agriculture

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national scholarship - Jennica sehornA native of Portland, Oregon, Jennica Sehorn ('07, Foreign Languages), pictured on the far right, won a Fulbright Scholarship to Turkey for 2007-08.  She spent the year teaching English conversation classes at Bilkent University in Ankara. In May 2011 Jennica completed her Master's of Arts degree at Georgetown in Latin American Studies with a concentration in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies. Currently she is an Executive Assistant at the Kakenya Center for Excellence in Washington DC.  Through promoting the education of young Kenyan women, the Center works to end female genital mutilation and early forced marriage in Maasai communities.

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national scholarship - Jamie daviesAfter graduating from Messiah ('05, Politics), Jamie joined the Teach For America program in Camden, New Jersey, where she taught for two years in one of the lowest income neighborhoods in the country. While teaching, she became aware of the extent to which public policy impacts public schools, teachers, and students. She decided to use her Truman award to enroll in the Master's of Public Administration program at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where she specialized in domestic and urban policy, and from which she graduated with distinction in 2009.  Subsequently, Jamie moved back to her home state of Ohio and began working with the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a think tank dedicated to advancing educational excellence. In early 2012, she joined the Ohio Council of Community Schools as a Communications Strategist.

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national scholarship - Sara kasper

From 2002-03, Sara Kasper (02, Politics) worked as a research fellow in the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace's China Program. In 2006, Sara graduated with a J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School. Presently she is a senior associate at WilmerHale in Washington DC, part of the firm's Litigation/Controversy and Regulatory and Government Affairs Departments and a member of the Investigations and Criminal Litigation and Defense, National Security and Government Contracts Practice Groups. She rejoined WilmerHale in 2012 after serving as Associate General Counsel and Interim General Counsel at ASRC Energy Services (AES), an oil & gas services company in Alaska.


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national scholarship - Carmen mccainCarmen McCain, ('99, English) was Fulbright Fellow to Nigeria in 2001-2002. Currently she is a PhD Candidate in the Department of African Languages and Literature at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her thesis focusses on the Nigerian film industry, with an emphasis on political discourse in Hausa-language film, literature, and music. In 2008 Carmen returned to Nigeria to carry out full-time doctoral research, work that has been funded by the Ebrahim Hussein Fellowship for the Study of African Literature and by a Fulbright-Hays grant. Since October 2010, she has also been a columnist with the Nigerian national paper, Weekly Trust.

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national scholarship - Rebecca gambler 1 Rebecca Gambler is an Acting Director in the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) Homeland Security and Justice Team, where she leads GAO’s work on border security and immigration issues.  Ms. Gambler joined GAO in 2002 and has worked on a wide range of issues related to homeland security and justice, including border security, immigration, and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) management and transformation. In particular, Ms. Gambler has led high-profile, comprehensive reviews of DHS’s progress in implementing its mission and management functions to coincide with the department’s 4-year anniversary and the 10-year anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Prior to joining GAO, Ms. Gambler worked at the National Endowment for Democracy’s International Forum for Democratic Studies. Ms. Gambler has an M.A. in national security and strategic studies from the United States Naval War College, an M.A. in international relations from Syracuse University, and an M.A. in political science from the University of Toronto.  She was a Fulbright Fellow to Canada from 1999-2000.  Ms. Gambler has a B.A. in political science from Messiah College.

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national scholarship - Joy wangJoy Yu-Ho Wang ('98, English and Politics) received her D.Phil. in post-colonial studies from Oxford University in 2005. After a brief period teaching literature at the City University of New York, Joy decided to change vocational direction. In 2010 she graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School.  Presently she is a public defender with the Legal Aid Society in New York City.

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