Shippensburg University alumnus Reece Dolbin ’18 has been granted a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Dolbin will spend a year in Colombia teaching English to university students and hopes to teach English to city youth through weekly cooking and reading activities.

As a student in the Wood Honors College during his time at Ship, Dolbin double majored in history and international studies with a minor in Spanish. He studied abroad in Argentina and Chile and traveled to the Dominican Republic with Reach Out, an Honors College service-learning project that provides curricular materials and support for the Pathways of Learning School in Santo Domingo.

Dolbin hopes to gain a better understanding of Colombia and its culture. With aspirations to become a foreign diplomat, he is excited for this opportunity to act as an ambassador with the people of Colombia and work toward a mutual cultural understanding.

Shippensburg University is the leader in Fulbright awards in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, with 10 Fulbright scholars since 2010 and five student Fulbrights since 2013.