News Release: McDaniel Graduate Student Mariah Ligas Receives Fulbright Award to Romania

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April 20, 2017

April 20, 2017

Contact: Cheryl Knauer



One of Four Students from McDaniel Awarded a Fulbright Award for the 2017–2018 Academic Year 

Mariah Ligas of Aldie, Va., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Romania

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Mariah Ligas of Aldie, Va., a student in the Better Educators for Students of Tomorrow (BEST) graduate program at McDaniel, has been named a Fulbright finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in Romania. 

She is among four McDaniel students who have received Fulbright awards for the 2017–2018 academic year. This is the fourth consecutive year that a McDaniel student has been named a Fulbright recipient. A total of 10 McDaniel students have ever been awarded a Fulbright scholarship. 

Ligas, who graduates from the BEST program in May with a master’s degree in secondary education, is a student teacher at Westminster High School in Westminster, Md. 

A 2016 alumna of McDaniel, Ligas graduated magna cum laude with departmental honors in both German and theatre arts. She was awarded The Edith Farr Ridington Writing Award for the graduating senior with the best paper, as well as The Frank and Margaret Malone Award for Excellence in a Foreign Language and The Lynn F. Gruber Medal for proficiency in extracurricular activities.

As an undergraduate student, Ligas was a member of leadership honor societies Omicron Delta Kappa and Trumpeters. A member of the Alpha Psi Omega National Theatre Honor Society, she was involved in technical theater, including serving as stage manager. She was also a Global Fellow and studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, where she taught English in a German school.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State, is the flagship international exchange program. Since 1946, the Fulbright program has provided more than 370,000 participants with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. 

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Editor’s Note: Headshot of Mariah Ligas is available for download.

McDaniel College, founded in 1867 and nationally recognized as one of 40 “Colleges That Change Lives,” is a four-year, independent college of the liberal arts and sciences offering more than 70 undergraduate programs of study, including dual and student-designed majors, plus 25 highly regarded graduate programs. Its personalized, interdisciplinary, global curriculum and student-faculty collaboration develop the unique potential in every student. A diverse, student-centered community of 1,600 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate students, McDaniel offers access to the resources of Baltimore and Washington, D.C., and is the only American college with a European campus in Budapest, Hungary.