Kadeisha Pinkney Receives Fulbright Fellowship in Malaysia

Kadeisha Pinkney developed an impressive portfolio during her four years at Stockton University. Most recently, she received the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant, and will serve as a cultural ambassador working to enhance relations between Malaysia and America through the prestigious Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

She will leave for Malaysia in January 2016, where she will be assigned to a K-12 grade level to teach English for 10 months. She also plans to volunteer at a health clinic or conduct research related to health care in Malaysia.

“I chose Malaysia because it has an interesting mix of culture there. There are not many very Muslim countries in Southeast Asia,” she explained. “[It was a] great opportunity to extend my learning here as a student.”

Pinkney, who earned a B.A. in Economics in May 2015, took advantage of Stockton’s small class sizes, study abroad and research opportunities to explore her interests in international development and health care.

“Since I want to study medicine, I thought it was important to have access with teachers in the classroom,” said Pinkney.

Kadeisha Pinkney

Kadeisha Pinkney

She said the faculty members who played an integral role in her undergraduate studies included Melaku Lakew, professor of Economics; Ellen Mutari, professor of Economics; and Oliver Cooke, associate professor of Economics.

Pinkney also took a number of international courses, studied abroad in Brazil and immersed herself in scientific research under the mentorship of Matthew Bonnan, associate professor of Biology, and Benjamin Ellis, assistant professor of Chemistry.

Pinkney participated in Stockton’s Washington Internship Program during her last semester last spring. She also interned with United Way Worldwide, helping to increase healthy food access for children in an afterschool program.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is highly selective, and recipients are chosen based on their cumulative experience and goals.

The Fulbright application process at Stockton is “extensive,” explained Robert Nichols, who begins advising interested candidates during the spring of their junior year – six months in advance of the Fulbright application deadline in October.

“They’re competitive grants,” said Nichols, professor of History and Fulbright Program adviser for Stockton. “We have competitive students. That’s a good compliment to the quality of students we have.”