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Mercersburg Academy grad named Fulbright Scholar

October 05, 2009

MERCERSBURG, Pa. -- A Mercersburg Academy graduate, who lived in Hagerstown while attending school there, is one of three recent graduates of the University of Redlands in Southern California to be chosen by the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board to participate in a prestigious program designed to increase understanding between the U.S. and other countries.

Kimberley Junmookda, 22, whose permanent address is Thailand, is a major in global business and French, will go to Morocco as a research fellow.

Fulbright awards are the highest and most competitive awards for overseas research or teaching given by the federal government to graduating seniors. Annually only 11 percent of all Fulbright awards are given to undergraduate students.

Junmookda, who is fluent in Thai, French and English and is studying Arabic, will conduct research primarily in Rabat, Morocco. Her proposal, "The Influence of Foreign Trade on Morocco's Language Education Policies," centers around language training, government and NGO funding and opportunities and the influence of international trade between Morocco and its various major partners. 

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Following her Fulbright appointment, she plans to attend Harvard to pursue a master's in education, focused on the developing world.

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