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Limerick Lady Alene O’Malley Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Award 

Alene O’Malley is an Awardee for the Fulbright Awards, a highly competitive award associated with excellence and prestige that reflects the excellent calibre of scholar that MIC continues to graduate.

Limerick Lady Alene O’Malley Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Award 

Ms Alene O’Malley from Drombanna, Co Limerick, was recently announced as one of the 36 new Fulbright Irish Awardees. 

The Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Niall Burgess and Mr Reece Smyth, Chargé d’affaires of the US Embassy in Ireland, recently announced 36 new Fulbright Irish Awardees, including Mary Immaculate College (MIC)  graduate Ms Alene O’Malley from Limerick. 

The Fulbright Programme, set up by Senator J. William Fulbright, is the largest U.S. international exchange programme in the world and this year will see academics, professionals and students from 13 HEIs and organisations in Ireland go to 30 leading U.S. institutions to study and collaborate with experts in their fields. 

Offering his congratulations Professor Michael Healy, Vice President of Research, MIC, said “I heartily congratulate Alene on being awarded these prestigious Fulbright scholarships.  The Fulbright Awards are highly competitive, associated with excellence and prestige, and reflect the excellent calibre of scholar that MIC continues to graduate. We take great pride in their achievements and look forward to seeing the fruits of their studies and research when they return to Ireland.”  

The unique nature of Fulbright Awards is that the Programme encourages cultural exchange as well as educational. In addition to completing study or research projects, awardees are tasked with being cultural Ambassadors during their time in the US. They will then return to Ireland to share the knowledge they have gained there. The rigorous application process ensures that the successful candidates are those who have conveyed how their work can have a positive impact on society. Since its formation in Ireland in 1957 over 2,000 postgraduate students, scholars, professionals, and teachers across all disciplines have participated in the programme between the U.S. and Ireland. 

This year’s Fulbright recipients are from disciplines spanning technology, science, language, medicine and the arts. The Fulbright Awards celebrate diversity across topics, geography and backgrounds. Increased funding from both the Irish and U.S. Governments has allowed the Fulbright Commission in Ireland to support a wider range and number of exciting study and research awardees than ever before.  

MIC graduate Ms Alene O’Malley from Drombanna, Co Limerick, holds an honours Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) degree and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership and Management from MIC. Alene has 10 years teaching experience in rural and urban settings and in special education with a particular interest in educational leadership and mentoring newly qualified teachers. A teacher in Limerick City, she has presented her research on many occasions including at the Limerick Post-graduate Conference. She will be the Fulbright Irish FLTA for Villanova University. 

The next round of applications for Fulbright Irish Awards will open on 28th August 2019. 

For more information on the Fulbright Irish Awards, click here  

For more stories about awards in Limerick, click here  

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