Patience pays off for Fulbright fellow Jennifer Stumme ’20
After the COVID-19 pandemic prevented her from carrying out her original Fulbright fellowship, Jennifer Stumme ’20 has been rewarded for her patience. In October, she will begin her placement in Kosovo as a teacher in the Faculty of Journalism at the University of Prishtina.
A history and communication major from Tripoli, Iowa, Ms. Stumme worked as a tutor and fellow for the History Department and completed an internship as an archival assistant at the Kenosha History Center. She intends to pursue a career in the museum industry.
Before COVID-19, Ms. Stumme was looking forward to using her Fulbright placement to spend the 2020-21 year teaching English as a second language in Indonesia. After Fulbright officials canceled her trip because of the pandemic, Ms. Stumme was told that a position had just become available in Kosovo, a country in the center of the Balkans.
After interviewing with representatives from Kosovo’s embassy in July 2020, Ms. Stumme was officially offered an assistantship beginning in January 2021. Unfortunately, COVID-19 was no less prevalent by the time January came around, and her trip was canceled again.
This time, Fulbright let her defer her grant until fall 2021.
“It’s been up in the air all summer as to whether the Kosovo Fulbrighters would be able to depart, but I now have a placement and a plane ticket!” Ms. Stumme said.
Carthage has ranked among the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Students for five of the past six years, as determined by the U.S. Department of State. The College has had 33 Fulbrighters since 2008.
Congratulations to Jennifer Stumme on her Fulbright placement in Kosovo!