American International College Alumnus Receives Fulbright Award

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One of 43 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2014-2015.

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Award recipient credits American International College with providing “a transformative educational experience.”

American International College (AIC) alumnus Kate Raffile has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching grant to conduct research in New Zealand, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently. Raffile is one of approximately 43 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad through the Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program in 2014-2015.

Raffile received her Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in school administration from AIC. She credits the institution with providing “a transformative educational experience.” According to Raffile, “I received a wonderful education when I completed my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies through AIC. [The College] has knowledgeable and supportive faculty in the education department.”

Raffile is currently a special education teacher at Sippican School in Marion, MA. She will be traveling to New Zealand at the end of January and will remain until mid-July. While there, Raffile will be visiting schools, attending graduate classes, working with an advisor and completing research on her capstone project which encompasses early literacy intervention.

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. 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 155 countries worldwide.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright program has given approximately 325,400 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in government, science, the arts, business, philanthropy, education, and athletics. Forty Fulbright alumni from 11 countries have been awarded the Nobel prize, and 78 alumni have received Pulitzer prizes. Fulbright recipients are among over 40,000 individuals participating in U.S. Department of State exchange programs each year. For more than sixty years, the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs has funded and supported programs that seek to promote
mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program is administered by the Institute of International Education.

As part of its extended campus programs, American International College offers graduate degrees in education in 13 locations statewide. The Chronicle of Higher Education named American International College one of the fastest growing colleges, 2002-2012. In private, non-profit master’s institutions, AIC placed among the top 20 colleges and universities in the country. More information is available online at http://www.aic.edu.

For additional information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit our website at http://eca.state.gov/fulbright.

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Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, master’s institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts. AIC is an interfaith, interracial, and international educational institution comprised of the School of Business, Arts and Sciences, the School of Health Service, and the School of Graduate and Adult Education. AIC supports and advances education, diversity, and opportunity for its students and the community.

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