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.

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