Isabelle Drayer '18 has been named a Fulbright Scholar and will continue her studies living and working in Galicia, Spain from September 2022 through June 2023.
Drayer will receive her B.A. from the University of Richmond on May 8, with a double Bachelor of Arts major in Political Science and Latin American, Latino, and Iberian Studies, and an entrepreneurship minor from the Robins School of Business.
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program offers fellowships for U.S. graduating college seniors, graduate students, young professionals, and artists to research, study, or teach English abroad for one academic year.
"Being named a Fulbright scholar is a great honor, and I am extremely excited to take my love of people and learning to Spain for a year and grow both personally and professionally,” said Drayer, adding that she is grateful to the friends and faculty from the Baylor community and credits her Spanish classes and teachers for inspiring her interests in other cultures. “While at Baylor, I had my first opportunity to take Spanish classes with incredible teachers, all of whom left an indelible mark on my life and instilled in me a passion for exploring other cultures. I will always be grateful for the foundation that I built at Baylor which has allowed me to grow into the person I am today.”
A leader in Baylor's community service program, Drayer was selected for the 2017 service trip to Kingston, Jamaica and was the recipient of the community service award her senior year. "The community service program fostered my care and concern for others, leading me to continually pursue service options to widen my perspective throughout my time at the University of Richmond. Additionally, traveling to both Jamaica and India during my junior and senior years sparked my interest in international studies and bettering myself as a global citizen."