Three Students Win Fulbrights

Marist continues long record of success with prestigious awards

POUGHKEEPSIE (May 21, 2015) – Three Marist seniors are the College's latest in a long line of winners of the prestigious Fulbright awards. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs recently identified Marist as one of the U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2014-2015 Fulbright U.S. Students. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Here are the three newest Fulbright awardees: 


Genesis Abreu ’15 Genesis Abreu

Majors: Environmental Science, Political Science, with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Hometown: New York, N.Y. 

Destination: Peru, to conduct research   

Background: Genesis was awarded the Benjamin Gilman Scholarship for the fall semester of 2013 to study in Costa Rica, where her program emphasized ecotourism and sustainable environmental practices.  During her time abroad, she held two different internships, as a community intern at the Tenorio Volcano National Park and with the Alliance for Development.

For the past two years, Genesis has been the recipient of the College's Jonah and Joan Sherman Scholarship for Volunteer Outreach.

In her Fulbright abstract of her proposed research project, she stated: "I will study how adaptive strategies in Peru's Quechua communities are being implemented to confront the impacts of climate change on subsistence agriculture.  To understand the challenges of climate change and the strategies being implemented, I will carry out an assessment of the local impacts of climate change on food and biocultural systems in Parque de la Papa."


Kelsey Boeshore '15  Kelsey Boeshore

Major: Spanish, with a minor in Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Hometown: Westhampton, N.Y.

Destination: Colombia, to teach English

Background: Before coming to Marist, Kelsey did a gap year and did a Rotary Long Term Youth Exchange, traveling to and living and volunteering in Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru. At Marist, she spent two semesters studying in Seville, Spain, where she received her CELTA English Teaching certificate, and a semester studying in Havana, Cuba. In Spain, she was involved with Lingu, a company that organizes intercambios (language exchanges) between English-speaking students and local Spaniards. She will teach English in Colombia, and in addition, she hopes to use her experience with Lingu to introduce this idea to her Colombian students by organizing intercambios between them and English-speaking students and travelers. "More importantly," Kelsey says, "I believe this can lead to better cultural understanding among people from different countries and backgrounds." 


Cara Mooney '15  Cara Mooney

Majors: Spanish and Psychology with minors in Global Studies and Music

Hometown: Delmar, N.Y. 

Destination: South Korea, to teach English  

Background: Cara spent the '13-'14 academic year in Madrid, Spain, an experience which included a summer internship with the U.S Embassy there.  She is a co-founder of the Marist College Photography Club and has played the violin for most of her life, serving as Concert Master for the Marist Orchestra over the 2012-13 academic year and as first violinist since 2011. In her Fulbright proposal to teach English in South Korea, Cara wrote, "I have a great interest in learning further about the language, history and culture of South Korea, having been adopted from there as an infant.  Through my full-year study abroad in Madrid, Spain, I gained valuable experience helping to teach students English in a private high school, bringing in personal second language learning methods to assist in the classrooms.  I introduced new ideas such as Jeopardy Review and role-playing games."

 The Office of Media Relations would like to thank Graduate School and Fellowship Advisor Pat Taylor and Professor of Spanish Dr. Ivette Romero for providing information used here.