Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts

World-class scholars

Wheaton students have won 18 competitive national scholarships this year, including two Watson Fellowships and 10 Fulbright Scholarships (a college record for one year).


Stephanie Antetomaso ’12

Stephanie Antetomaso ’€™12Stephanie Antetomaso ’12, who double majored in linguistics and Russian studies, this fall heads to the Republic of Estonia as a Fulbright Scholar. The Woburn, Mass., resident plans to study and conduct language research at the University of Tartu. She developed an interest in linguistics as a high school student, when she took a course in the subject at MIT. She chose Wheaton in part for its wide offerings in world languages, though she knew the college had no linguistics major. With English professor Michael Drout’s guidance, she built her own major with courses from several departments—English, computer science, psychology and anthropology—plus linguistics courses at Brown University. [Read more...]

Hannah Allen ’12

Hannah Allen '12 Fulbright ScholarHannah Allen ’12, a religion major from Lutherville, Md., doesn’t just want to teach, she wants to transform the education system both here and abroad. Since she has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for an English Teaching Assistantship in Bulgaria, she may just get her chance. She grew up just outside of Baltimore, Md., which is where she witnessed the disparity between her “beautiful, well-maintained private school” and the “broken-down schools” that were only a few miles away. This is what sparked her interest in education and school systems. “I wanted to figure out what was the source of all this brokenness and I wanted to be a part of the conversation to fix it,” says Allen, who has a minor in American history. While at Wheaton, she researched education systems both in the United States and internationally. Ultimately, she wants to attend graduate school to gain a better understanding of how to implement positive and effective education policy in this country. [Read more...]

Mary Bisbee ’12

Mary Bisbee, ’12, Fulbright Scholar to EnglandMary Bisbee ’12, of Princeton, Mass., will teach English in the Czech Republic as a Fulbright Scholar. As a child, she was shy and more interested in books than in people. Then her grandmother started taking her on trips to such distant places as Ecuador and Italy. The exposure to foreign cultures opened her mind and kindled in her “a sense of adventure and a desire to learn about other languages,” she says. She majored in English and has a minor in Italian. She spent the fall semester of her junior year at the University of Edinburgh and the spring term in Ferrara, Italy, where she studied in an Italian-language immersion program. Her interest in teaching blossomed just last summer, when she used her Trustee Scholar stipend to intern at the Telling Room, a creative writing camp for children in Portland, Maine. After her Fulbright year, she hopes to attend graduate school to study linguistics. [Read more...]