News Release: McDaniel Senior Ema Barnes Receives Fulbright Award to the Czech Republic

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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 

Ema Barnes of San Francisco, Calif., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in the Czech Republic

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Ema Barnes, a senior at McDaniel College, has been named a Fulbright finalist for an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) in the Czech Republic.  

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. 

A double major in English and political science with a specialization in international studies at McDaniel, Barnes grew up in New Zealand and is a 2013 graduate of Lowell High School in San Francisco, Calif. 

At McDaniel, she has participated in the Maryland Student Legislature, as well as Model United Nations and Model European Union. She is co-editor-in-chief of McDaniel’s Contrast literary magazine and serves as a resident assistant. She is also a member of the Trumpeters leadership honor society. 

As a junior, she was one of only 10 students selected nationwide for a William Jefferson Clinton Scholarship from the Clinton Presidential Foundation to study abroad at American University in Dubai in fall 2015. She also continued her study abroad experience in Morocco with AMIDEAST for the spring 2016 semester. 

In addition, she has spent her summers working at Zion National Park in Utah, Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming and Glacier National Park in Montana.

Her future plans are to work in the publishing industry, specifically with helping to diversify published materials.

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 Ema Barnes 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.