PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Senior Ellen Miller, a member of the Rutgers women’s cross country and track & field programs, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant and will be traveling to Taiwan this fall as a member of the English Teaching Assistant Program.
"Ellen is a great source of pride and excitement for Rutgers University,” said women’s cross country and track & field head coach James Robinson. “She has been an exemplary role model of what it truly means to be a student-athlete. Her work ethic, determination, knowledge and decision-making skills have enabled Ellen to excel in the classroom and on the track. It has truly been a pleasure to have Ellen as a member of our Women's Cross Country/Track & Field programs and we congratulate her on receiving the prestigious Fulbright grant."
Fulbright Grants are designed to give recent bachelor’s degree recipients, master’s candidates and recipients, doctoral candidates, young professionals and artists opportunities for personal development and international experience in one of almost 150 countries. The grant allows for individually-designed study/research projects or an English Teach Assistantships (ETA).
The English Teaching Assistant Programs place Fulbrighters in classrooms abroad to provide assistance to local English teachers. ETA’s help teach the English language while serving as cultural ambassadors for the U.S. The age and academic level of the student varies by country, ranging from kindergarten to university level.
The screening and selecting process is rigorously academic. It is supervised by the U.S. Department of State, and conducted in multiple stages: university interview committees, the Institute of International Education in New York City’s screening panel and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarships Board’s final grant approval. The selection is merit based, competitive and rigorous.
Miller will graduate this May with a BFA in visual arts along with a minor in art history. She boasts a long list of academic achievements including dean’s list, Academic All-Big Ten and Big Ten Distinguished Scholar along with inductions into Chi Alpha Sigma, the honor society for student-athletes, and the Cap & Skull Senior Honor Society, which selects 18 campus student leaders from the senior class each year. The Morris Plains, New Jersey native is also active in the Rutgers community. Miller performs with SCREAM Theater, a group that performs educational antiviolence improvisational skits and meets about social justice issues and other campus concerns, in addition to working with the Office for Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance.
She is also a tutor with the Petey Green Program, providing weekly individualized tutoring for incarcerated women, and serve as a Barbara Voorhees Mentor with Douglass Residential College. Miller is also an instructor with the Sharron Art Center teaching children the fundamentals of drawing, painting and sketching.
Miller was a member of the 2015 Metropolitan Championships cross country team and helped the Scarlet Knights to a third place finish in 2016. Last season, she earned All-East honors with the indoor distance medley relay team, helped the 4x800m relay squad to the Metropolitan Outdoor Championship and was the runner-up in the indoor 1000m and outdoor 1500m at the Metropolitan Championships. This season, the senior Scarlet Knight was a runner-up with the 4x800m relay at the Metropolitan Indoor Championships.
Miller is the third Scarlet Knight from the Rutgers women’s cross country and track & field programs to be award a Fulbright Grant joining Rashmi Singh (2014) and Erin Berg (2010).
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