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Taylor Rogers, ’15, wins Fulbright to teach English in Malaysia

| By Nick Alexopulos
Taylor Rogers Fulbright Loyola University Maryland
Taylor Rogers, '15, at the Boti Falls in Ghana, where she studied abroad during her junior year at Loyola.

Taylor Rogers, ’15, a global studies major and international business minor at Loyola University Maryland, has won a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to teach English in Malaysia for a year beginning in January 2016.

Rogers will serve as a Fulbright English teaching assistant for students, though the location and school in Malaysia, along with the grade level, have yet to be determined. Malaysia offers her an opportunity to educate younger students, which played a significant role in her decision to apply to this program because she developed a love for teaching and working with children as a camp counselor in Maine for the last 11 summers. Rogers also has a passion for exploring new places around the world.

“I’ve always been interested in other cultures, and I love being able to travel and see that first hand, learning how people in different cultures live their lives,” said Rogers. “I was drawn to Malaysia because it is a predominantly Muslim country, and I’ve never traveled to southeast Asia.”

As a Loyola student, Rogers studied abroad in Rome and Ghana during her junior year. She was the president of the Environmental Action Club and a service coordinator at Loyola’s Center for Community Service and Justice, where she led the Power Hour Homework Helpers and Fitness Buddies volunteer initiatives at Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore.

In addition to teaching, the Fulbright program will give Rogers the opportunity to create and implement an after-school program at the school where she is assigned. Her award includes a stipend that covers her flight and living expenses while she is in Malaysia. She was guided through the application process with support from Loyola’s national fellowships office and its director, Arthur Sutherland, Ph.D.

Rogers, of Easton, Md., plans to continue living abroad after completing her Fulbright commitment. Her long-term goal is to lead international efforts in girls’ education advocacy.

Rogers is the third member of the Loyola community to win a Fulbright this year. Carsten Vala, Ph.D., associate professor of political science, was awarded a Fulbright to study the politics of China’s rapidly growing investment in Latin America, with a specific focus on China’s influence on the copper industry in Chile. David Binkley, Ph.D., professor of computer science, won a Fulbright to support an international, collaborative research project on the evolution of software product families in safety critical systems.

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