2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student Awards: Allison Young ’19 to Teach in Malaysia

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Allison Young, a senior biology major at Rhodes, has been selected to receive a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant for the 2019-2020 academic year. She will serve as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia. 
 
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.

Young, who also is pursuing a religious studies minor, says, “I’ve found a passion for studying the ways in which religion shapes culture on a local and global scale. Malaysia stuck out in many of my classes and textbooks as a nation unified because of its successful multiculturalism, even with the presence of such contrasting religions. Beyond that, the Malaysia Fulbright program focuses on both teaching and extracurricular activities such as sports coaching and English camps. This stood out to me in terms of being able to take my previous college experience with things such as coaching sports and youth development and applying it during my Fulbright year.”

 On campus, Young is captain of the women’s basketball team, finishing out her career with a conference championship. She has conducted avian research with Dr. Michael Collins and is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. Off campus, Young has served as an anesthesiology intern at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and as the sports-based youth development coach for the Grizzfit program of the Memphis Grizzlies Foundation. She also teaches English with the Refugee Empowerment Program of Memphis, and coaches a Boys and Girls Club soccer team.
 
After completing her Fulbright year and returning to the U.S., Young plans to earn a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and work in the area of pediatrics. “Eventually, I would like to work for Doctors Without Borders or the Peace Corps Response program.” 

Young is a graduate of Governors School of Science and Math in Hartsville, SC.

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