Maya Friedli-Schroeder standing next to cherry blossom tree
Maya Friedli-Schroeder
jordan thomas standing at colorado football field
Jordan Thomas

Congratulations to Maya Friedli-Schroeder and Jordan Thomas for being recipients of the Fulbright Scholarship for AY 2018-2019. Ten CU Boulder students and alumni have been honored with prestigious awards to study and conduct research in locations around the globe. Eight CU students have been offered Fulbright grants for the 2018–19 academic year, and two were honored with Boren fellowships. 

The Fulbright recipients were selected for their academic and professional achievement as well as for their record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields. The 70-year-old program, sponsored by the U.S. government, operates in more than 140 countries and has provided opportunities for more than 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists and scientists.

Maya Friedli-Schroeder is excited to teach English in Columbia, which has been her dream since she learned Spanish. She graduated from CU with a degree in international affairs and Spanish language and literature. She believes that speaking a second language provides a valuable skill for a person's personal and professional lives. She has taught Spanish classes in Colorado and believes in the power of international education in promoting understanding and peace. Upon her return, she hopes to pursue a master's degree in development studies to promote educational programs for women and children. She studied abroad in Argentina and Spain.

Jordan Thomas earned her bachelor's degree last year in international affairs with a minor in Spanish and business. She applied to teach in Spain to nurture her deep love of learning. She believes that learning together, we can bridge gaps in understanding and create compassion rather than resistance toward others. She brings her diverse experience of multi-cultural learning and teaching to the program and gain new cultural experiences in Spain, a place that has influenced her studies, but where she has not yet been. While at CU she studied abroad in the Dominican Republic and worked with the Student Worker Alliance as a volunteer. She plans to pursue graduate work that will allow her to work with immigrant and refugee populations.

Full CU Boulder Today article can be read here.