Published on May 8, 2015 by Sean Flynt
“This honor is an incredible academic opportunity as well as a unique cultural and personal opportunity," Quinn said. “The hardest part is deciding whether I'm more excited to continue my studies at the graduate level or live in Dublin for a year.” After his study in Ireland, Quinn hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in a U.S. graduate program.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. A single Fulbright award is a rare honor, but this is Quinn’s second international study opportunity via the prestigious program. In 2012 he was one of six U.S. students chosen to participate in the Fulbright Commission Summer Institute at Queen's University in Belfast, Ireland.
Quinn said he first developed an interest in Irish literature during that earlier Fulbright experience. Samford then helped him deepen that interest through English courses and independent studies, and helped connect him to the Fulbright program.
“My relationships with English faculty have been instrumental in every part of the application process,” Quinn said. “Even after graduation, I know they will be available to give me advice about grad school, future plans and life as well.”
Quinn is scheduled to graduate from Samford on May 16.
About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.