Four Ball State University graduates are chosen for the Fulbright US Student Program

Four recent Ball State University graduates have been chosen for the American Fulbright Student Program— one of the most prestigious and recognized international programs, which grants support to pursue higher education, conduct research or teach English abroad.

Each graduate was selected for an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) position. In this role, they will help students from their host country develop their English skills and serve as cultural ambassadors between nations.

This year’s Ball State Fulbright US student program selections are:

• Brianna Lopez of Noblesville, Ind. /
Host Country Destination—Bulgaria
Mrs. Lopez finished a bachelor’s degree in psychology, with minors in philosophy and women’s and gender studies, in May 2022. At Ball State, she served as a teaching assistant in two psychology courses, peer mentor for freshmen at Honors College, associate editor of the Ball State International Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy, and co-founder of a new undergraduate psychology journal.

• Alexis Pitchford of Carmel, Indiana / Host Country Destination—Greece
Ms. Pitchford earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, as well as a minor in human development psychology, December 2021. She is a graduate student in the educational psychology program and is expected to complete her master’s degree in July 2022. At Ball State, Ms. Pitchford served as a tutor and board member for Make-A-Wish and Hillel, a Jewish student organization.


Riley Sigler from Torrance, California. /
Host Country Destination—Spain
Ms. Sigler completed a major in theater (action) and a minor in Spanish, May 2022. His experiences over the past four years have included acting, directing shows with young children in performing arts workshops, producing and hosting a podcast, and working as a teaching assistant. She intends to act and teach theater, possibly at the university level.

Jess Walls of Brookville, Ind. / Host Country Destination—Taiwan
Ms Walls completed a teaching major in English and a minor in Chinese in May 2022. At Ball State, she was active in the Future Educators Peer Mentorship Program, Cardinal Teacher Corps and Chinese Club. After completing her Fulbright year, Ms. Walls plans to complete a post-baccalaureate certification in teaching Mandarin as a foreign language and teach English language arts and Mandarin in Indiana schools.

Another recent graduate, Jessie Russett of Trinidad, Colo., was offered a Fulbright ETA for Poland but chose to decline. Ms. Russett graduated from Ball State in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in History and graduated in 2012 with a Master of Arts in Anthropology. She was one of 14 Ball State semi-finalists in this year’s Fulbright competition.

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