2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards: Alisa Redding ’18 to Teach in Estonia

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Alisa Redding, who recently graduated from Rhodes with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, has been selected to receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for the 2018-2019 academic year. She will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Estonia.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for English teaching assistantships as well as for individually designed study/research projects. Recipients are chosen for their academic merit and intellectual potential. Rhodes has been recognized by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs as a top producing institution for Fulbright U.S. Students for 2017-2018.

“Through the Fulbright, I hope to gain a better understanding of language acquisition and development and the different identities that form when we speak different languages,” says Redding. “I also hope to study environmental values in Estonian culture and how those values are essential in preserving natural spaces.”

Redding, who is from McKinney, TX, served on the leadership board of Rhodes’ Food Recovery Network and as an International Peer Advisor (IPA) providing assistance to new international students. She also worked as a Rhodes Student Associate in the Bonner Office for two years. In addition to English, she speaks Finnish and Russian and has studied abroad in Europe and in Russia. In the Memphis community, she has served as an intern at Lichterman Nature Center and a tutor for the Refugee Empowerment Program.

After returning to the U.S., Redding plans to pursue a master’s degree in environmental sciences and global sustainability. 

Redding is a graduate of McKinney High School.

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