Published May 22, 2019

Headed to Scotland

Joe Doner to study environmental studies and international studies in Scotland, thanks to prestigious Fulbright Summer Institute program.

MONMOUTH, Ill. – For the second straight year, a Monmouth College student will spend three weeks studying in Scotland through the prestigious Fulbright Summer Institute program.

JOE DONER: Will spend the summer at the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art s... JOE DONER: Will spend the summer at the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art studying environmental studies as well as international studies.Joe Doner ’21 of Arlington Heights, Ill., has received a spot to study July 22-Aug. 10 at the University of Strathclyde and the Glasgow School of Art through the Fulbright Scotland Summer Institute on Technology, Innovation and Creativity. It is one of the world’s most prestigious and selective summer scholarship programs.

“I hope this work will enable me to feed my interest in environmental studies as well as international studies and my goal of a career having to do with international environmental law,” said Doner, a two-time finalist in the College’s annual Moot Court competition. “I was interested in being a part of this program not only due to my family connections and deep interest in Scotland and its history but because of how important this program’s concepts are to my future.”

Students will be led by faculty from both institutions and senior figures from the private and public sectors. Participants will explore Scotland’s culture, history and creative and technological industries.

“I anticipate I will frequently make use of innovation and creativity as well as modern technology in order to address the various problems and challenges that face the world, both today and in the future,” said Doner.

The summer institutes form part of the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission’s work to promote leadership, learning and empathy between nations through educational exchange. The program covers participants’ major costs and provides them with a distinctive support and cultural education program, including comprehensive pre-departure guidance, enrichment opportunities in country and an opportunity to be part of the Fulbright alumni network.

In making its selections, the U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission looks not only for academic excellence but also a focused application, 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.

Last year, Monmouth student Jeren Stewart ’20 of Peoria, Ill., was selected to participate in the same program.

The U.S.-UK Fulbright Commission was created by treaty in 1948 and is part of the Fulbright program conceived by Sen. J. William Fulbright in the aftermath of World War II. Each year, the commission supports up to 60 U.S. undergraduate students to undertake demanding academic and cultural summer programs at leading institutions in the UK. More information is available at www.fulbright.org.uk.

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