Jeremy Fishman of Glen Rock, a graduate student completing Montclair State University’s Teaching English as a Second Language master’s degree, has been named a finalist in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Mr. Fishman, the first student at Montclair State to accept the honor in more than 50 years, will be traveling to Taiwan as part of the prestigious international exchange program, and he will teach English as a second language there.
The Fulbright program is named for former United States Senator J. William Fulbright, who proposed legislation in 1945 that used postwar funding to promote international goodwill through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science. Since its inception, it has become 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.
Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide. Montclair State University has produced seven Fulbright finalists in its 109-year history. This year, three out of the school’s four applicants were named semifinalists or finalists in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition.