Greg Kelly, who graduated from Le Moyne in 2018, has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program English Teaching Assistant Grant to Malaysia. Currently employed as a quantitative data analyst at the Bank of New York Mellon, Kelly will work in an elementary or secondary school while in Malaysia. He will leave to begin his 10-month Fulbright experience in January 2020.
“Receiving this grant is one of the most rewarding accomplishments of my life. When I found out, I was on cloud nine and felt a rush of satisfaction and pride,” said Kelly, a native of Gansevoort, N.Y. “I am eager to immerse myself in the vibrant cultural exchange that characterizes Malaysia and to learn Malay in order to communicate more effectively and build relationships with people in the larger community. As an athlete and a musician, I hope to engage in athletic and musical activities with my students in Malaysia as a way to develop rapport and facilitate a collaborative environment outside of the classroom.”
“While helping Greg with his Fulbright application, I was impressed by how willingly he shares his interests and talents with other people, whether it is helping young adults with Down Syndrome to swim or teaching English to Spanish-speaking children,” said Deborah Cromley, Ph.D., Le Moyne’s Fulbright Program advisor and an assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. “Greg is inquisitive and open to the world, and I anticipate he will wholeheartedly embrace the opportunities and challenges that will be presented to him during his Fulbright grant to Malaysia.”
Kelly majored in information systems and business analytics, minored in economics, was a McDevitt Information Systems Research Fellow in 2017-18, and a member of the College’s swim team. His previous background teaching English to non-native speakers and participating in after-school programs in the U.S. and on a Le Moyne service trip to Jamaica, as well as his study of Mandarin Chinese at Le Moyne and his experiences as the president of Le Moyne’s Asia Club, inspired him to apply for the English Teaching Assistant Program in Malaysia.
When he returns to the U.S. from Malaysia after he completes his Fulbright grant, Kelly plans to pursue a career in international relations. Read more about Kelly's Fulbright here.
The Fulbright Program is 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. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. 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 over 160 countries worldwide.