4 New College students receive Fulbright Scholarships

SARASOTA — As a student at Southeast High School, Christopher Mulholland participated in activities like gathering food and supplies for hurricane victims. Now, the soon-to-be New College graduate is headed to Germany on a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, which has been awarded to only 69 students throughout the college’s history.

Mulholland is one of four New College students this year to receive a Fulbright Scholarship.

Mulholland will use his time in Germany to continue research he has already started on the connection between epigenetic changes and cancer. The former Braden River Middle student will attend the Center for Integrated Protein Science at the Ludwig-Maximillians-Universitat in Munich and plans to eventually enter an epigenetics doctoral program.

Three other New College students also received Fulbright Scholarships, bringing to 30 the total number of New College Fulbrights since 2007. They are:Kathleen McQueeney of Boynton Beach, who will study macroeconomics in the Netherlands

Dana Ziegler of Niceville, who will teach English in Indonesia

Susanna Payne-Passmore of Philadelphia, Pa., who will teach English in the Republic of Georgia.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. government, is intended to increase mutual understanding between Americans and residents of other countries. It was founded in 1946 and has about 300,000 participants worldwide who have been chosen for academic merit and leadership potential and use their scholarship for international study, teaching, research, the exchange of ideas, or solution-seeking to international concerns.