Marist's Newest Batch of Fulbright Scholars

Marist alums and student will travel to Thailand, South Korea, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom to teach, study, and research using prestigious awards

POUGHKEEPSIE (June 4, 2014) – Recent Marist College graduates Kendra McKechnie '14, Kristen O’Brien '14, and Nicholas Homler '13, are traveling abroad to teach and pursue research projects after becoming the latest group of Marist Fulbright Scholarship winners. Student-athlete Caylin Moore '16 is the first Marist undergraduate to be awarded a US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes scholarship, which will send him to the University of Bristol to study for four weeks.  Fulbright Scholars

Kendra, a French/adolescent education major with a minor in global studies and psychology from Red Bank, N.J., will travel to Thailand to teach English. She spent the fall of her sophomore year in Senegal and traveled for the fall of her junior year to Marseilles, France. She was invaluable to Marist Abroad, acting as a classroom ambassador for the office and its various programs abroad. Outside of class, she served as co-captain of Marist’s ultimate frisbee team and was a member of the College’s Deans’ Circle. Kendra has been fulfilling her student-teaching responsibilities, serving last fall at Arlington High School in Lagrangeville, N.Y., and taught at Marlboro Middle School during her spring semester. Kendra's Fulbright travels will launch her planned career in international education.

Kristen, an English major with a minor in music and global studies from Islip Terrace, N.Y., will teach English in South Korea. In the spring of 2013, she spent a semester in South Korea with the support of the Freeman-ASIA Scholarship. Both Kristen and her twin sister, Allison, were among the last recipients of this competitive grant as it ended its awards following that very semester. During her studies in South Korea, Kristen was able to locate and meet her birth mother and her sister; the twins were adopted from South Korea when they were infants. During that semester in Korea, Kristen was also given the opportunity to tutor a young girl in English, using her skills in both English and music to enrich her lessons. Her Fulbright travels will launch a planned career in education, preferably with an emphasis on teaching English as a second language.

Nick, a 2013 graduate from Mahwah, N.J., a dual major in radio/tv/film and interactive media/game studies while at Marist, will pursue a film project on cinemas in New Zealand. At Marist, he served as senior class president (2012-13), and also received a Robin Pell Emerging Filmmaker Award in the Lake Placid Film Forum in 2013. He was technical director for the Marist College Club of Theatre Arts (MCCTA) and director of "Time Check," Marist’s male a capella group. Nick’s greatest ambition is to ultimately become a producer of feature stories for television programs such as CBS Sunday Morning and Sixty Minutes.

Caylin, an economics major and psychology minor, was born and raised in Los Angeles, Cal. and comes from a family with a single mom, a younger brother, and older sister. He has been deeply and extensively involved in community service focused on youth, both in his home community and in Poughkeepsie. While at Marist he has participated in the Special Olympics, the White Ribbon Campaign movement to end domestic violence against women and girls, and the "Take Back the Night" event. Caylin is a quarterback on the Marist football team and is the first undergraduate student at Marist to ever receive this honor. His long-term plan is to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector, improving educational opportunities for at-risk youth. Click here to watch a video on Caylin's journey produced by Marist Athletics.

About the Fulbright Program

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 primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U. S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Recipients of Fulbright grans are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.

About the US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes

The US-UK Fulbright Commission offers special Summer Institutes for US citizens to come to the UK. These summer programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates (aged over 18), with at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, to come to the United Kingdom on a three, four, five, or six week academic and cultural summer program. Participants in these program will get the opportunity to experience an exciting academic program at a highly regarded UK University, explore the culture, heritage, and history of the UK and develop their academic ability by improving presentation, research and communication skills.