Four Former Harvard Student-Athletes Receive Fulbright Scholarships

Four Former Harvard Student-Athletes Receive Fulbright Scholarships

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Harvard student-athletes continue to show that they are among the best and brightest in the nation, as four former Crimson athletes are among the 34 Harvard Fulbright Grant Recipients selected this year.

The four former Harvard student-athletes selected to receive Fulbright Grants are sailing team members Susie Double and Rebecca Tweedie, women’s fencer Elena Helgiu and women’s squash team member Leila Shayegan. All are 2014 graduates of Harvard College.

Description of the Fulbright Proram
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs.  A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S.

During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences.  The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding.

Helgiu was a four-year member of the women’s fencing team. As a freshman she competed at the NCAA Championships, placing 21st in he sabre. She went on to post top-25 finishes at NCAA Regionals as a sophomore and junior, while also helping Harvard win the Beanpot title as a senior.

Double, a Torrance, California, native was a member of the sailing team as a freshman and sophomore. During the 2010-11 season, she was joined by Tweedie, a North Andover, Massachusetts, native.

Shayegan, who came to Harvard via he hometown of Princeton, New Jersey was a member of the women’s squash team during her freshman season of 2010-11.