France’s Ministry of Education has awarded an English teaching assistantship to Butler senior Adam T. Weaver and assigned him to teach elementary or high school students at the Académie de Rouen in northern France.
Weaver applied for the award through the U.S. State Department’s Fulbright Fellowship program and was one of 50 award recipients. The Fulbright Commission recommended Weaver to the French ministry.
Weaver, who is from Rochester, Ind., will complete separate bachelor’s degrees in French and music in May.
Earlier, Weaver received a Gilman Scholarship, which allowed him to spend fall semester of his junior year studying at the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne.
He is excited to get the opportunity to return to France. “When I was young, I was interested by France and decided that I wanted to go there someday. When I was able to do this, I was extremely happy and had an amazing time studying, exploring and learning. Upon my return to the United States, I was not quite as content and started to work to return one day to France.
Weaver said the Académie de Rouen has many schools throughout the region of Normandy and that he might be placed in several of them. “I had been working with an English class in Normandy already so that I could get practice and hopefully make some connections to assist me in finding job opportunities. Obviously, it paid off and has helped me achieve this goal of returning so that I can continue to improve my language skills and help others learn ours.
“Most of all,” he said, “I can’t wait to taste the cheese again, especially the Camembert.”
He is the drum major for the Butler Marching Band and plays French horn in the Butler Symphony. He is the president of the Butler chapter of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national men’s music fraternity. He works at Butler’s Information Technology Help Desk.?
Weaver is the second Butler senior to receive a Fulbright award this year, according to Judi Morell, director of Butler’s CHASE (Center for High Achievement and Scholarly Engagement) office. Caleb Hamman of Walkerton, Ind., received a Fulbright Student Fellowship Award, that will support him in one year of graduate studies and research at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
CHASE Assistant Director Mariangela Maguire helps students in the often complex process of applying and competing for national scholarships and fellowships. She screens interested students for good matches with programs, advises them on obtained needed letters of recommendation and reads and comments on their applications, which may include several essays and extensive documentation of academic and co-curricular activities.
“I am a gatekeeper, coach and evaluator,” Maguire said. “The responsibility for making [the application] happen is shared by the student and me.”
In CHASE’s first year of operation, Maguire has successfully mentored Butler’s two Fulbright recipients, as well as students Christopher Jozwiak and Angela Miller, who were named national finalists for Truman Foundation scholarships.
Morell congratulated Maguire “for her patient and encouraging work with all our national fellowship applicants. Her efforts are certainly paying off for BU students.”