Matt Mayforth '12 is Muskingum's first undergraduate Fulbright recipient and earns Phi Sigma Iota scholarship
University's Matt Mayforth '12 will spend the next academic year in
Braunau am Inn, Austria, as a result of being awarded an English
Teaching Assistant scholarship through the 2012-2013 Fulbright U.S.
Student Program competition. He is the first undergraduate student at Muskingum to earn this award.
The Fulbright Program, established in 1946, is
the largest American international exchange program and is sponsored by
the U.S. Department of State. The prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student
Program competition offers opportunities for students and young
professionals to teach in elementary and secondary schools worldwide,
and to undertake international graduate study and advanced research. The
Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, Arts and Culture is
underwriting Mayforth’s Fulbright support.
As a student, Mayforth studied abroad at
Muskingum’s partner universities in both Passau, Germany, and Toledo,
Spain. Prior to enrolling at Muskingum, he spent six weeks in Germany.
On campus, Mayforth was involved in the
German Club and Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor
society. In addition, he was a resident of the university’s
German House, and was actively engaged with both German- and
Spanish-speaking students who have travelled to Muskingum from abroad.
Mayforth’s nomination for this scholarship was
supported by his faculty advisors, Assistant Professor of Spanish Dr.
Beth Butler and Professor of German Dr. Franz-Joseph Wehage.
Mayforth was also named one of only 50 recipients of the Dr. Anthony S. Corbiere Scholarship from Phi Sigma Iota, the international foreign language honor society. Established in 1970, the award is named in memory of the society’s long-time national historian, editor and executive secretary.
Earlier this year, the Ohio Foreign Language Association granted Mayforth a scholarship to attend its conference in Columbus. That support allowed him to attend sessions related to his teaching interests, as well as to preside over other sessions.