Alyssa D’Addezio ’14 to Participate in Fulbright Summer Institute in United Kingdom

posted 2011.06.01

The US-UK Fulbright Commission has announced that Alyssa D’Addezio ‘14 will participate in a Fulbright Summer Institute at Newcastle University. During the five-week program in England, D’Addezio will explore the culture, heritage, and history of the United Kingdom, while developing research and communication skills.

The summer experience will allow D’Addezio to travel outside the United States for the first time. “While participating in the Fulbright program, I hope to better understand the rich culture of the United Kingdom, and explore health and medicine at Newcastle University,” says D’Addezio.

Fulbright Summer Institute participants are selected for academic excellence, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Program, and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.

D’Addezio is a native of Concord, North Carolina and is studying human biology and English at North Carolina State University. She is a Park Scholar, a member of the University Scholars Program, and an active participant in the Service-Leadership Team and the Centennial Middle School Leadership Mentoring Program. D’Addezio is a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award, and was named the NC State University First Year Outstanding Woman by the National Panhellenic Association. She is a graduate of Northwest Cabarrus High School.

Created by treaty in 1948, the US-UK Fulbright Commission is the only bilateral, transatlantic scholarship program, offering awards and summer programs for study or research in any field. The Commission is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Senator J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II to promote leadership, learning, and empathy between nations through educational exchange.

Each year, the US-UK Fulbright Commission supports around 50 undergraduate students from the United Kingdom and the United States. Notable alumni of the Commission include: Malcolm Bradbury, novelist; Liam Byrne, politician; Milton Friedman, economist and Nobel Prize Winner; John Lithgow, actor; Tarik O’Regan, composer; Sylvia Plath, poet; Lord William Wallace, politician; Ian Rankin, novelist; Baroness Shirley Williams, politician; Vanessa Heaney, BBCWorld Service journalist; and Toby Young, journalist and playwright.

The Commission is funded partially by the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills in the United Kingdom and the U.S. Department of State, with additional support coming from a variety of individual and institutional partners.