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Fulbright awards for Colin Powell School’s Claire Lynch, Etienne Forbes

Claire Lynch_Fulbright Scholar_2018
Claire Lynch
Etienne Forbes Fulbright 2018
Etienne Forbes

Claire Lynch and Etienne Forbes, cohorts in The City College of New York’s Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership, are headed to Europe this fall on Fulbright awards. The two graduating seniors join a select group of 2018-2019 winners nationally in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

A political science and Jewish studies double major in the Colin Powell School and Macaulay Honors College at CCNY, Lynch is the recipient of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant grant. She’ll spend Sept. 2018 to June 2019, as a teacher in the Spanish capital’s bilingual education system.

“Subjects that I may teach include literature, history and, all in English, but about 50% of my time will be devoted to teaching Model United Nations in a program called Global Classrooms,” she said.

Lynch was an advisor and teacher’s assistant to the City College teams that won consecutive Distinguished Delegation awards at the National Model United Nation conference (2015-2016).    

Her other honors at CCNY include the 2017 Truman Scholarship for Public Service, one of the nation’s top awards for graduate school, and a Colin Powell Fellowship in Leadership and Public Service (2015-2018).

The Bayville, Long Island, resident plans to attend law school and specialize in human rights law.

Forbes is a U.S. Navy veteran who, on his return to school, graduates from CCNY with a BA in psychology on June 1. Then a Fulbright U.S. Student grant will take him to Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in September for a one-year master’s of science degree program in culture, organization and management.

The Colin Powell Fellow returns to Vrije Universiteit (“Free University”) after a stint there in 2016 as a CCNY study abroad student. “I fell in love with the institute, the teaching methodology and the city itself,” he said, noting Amsterdam’s reputation as the most diverse city in the world.

Forbes’ long-term goal is to pursue a PhD in education and become a college professor. His research areas of interest are diversity, inclusion and educational equity. He is a resident of Crown Heights in Brooklyn.

About the Fulbright Scholar Program
Established in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the program's purpose is to build mutual understanding between the people of the United States and other countries. Fulbright Scholars are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. 

About The City College of New York
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