By Patrick B. McGuigan
Emma Land, who graduated as valedictorian of the Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School class of 2009, has been named a recipient of the esteemed Fulbright Scholarship. Land will work as an English teaching assistant in Nordrhen-Westfalen, Germany, for the coming year.
Land is the daughter of Charles (Chip) and Linda Land. They reside in the historic Crown Heights neighborhood, where Emma grew up.
A 2013 graduate of Texas Christian University (TCU), Land was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated this year “summa cum laude,” with a 4.0 cumulative grade point average for her four years in college. Emma attended TCU as a chancellor scholar.
Land secured both university and departmental honors for her double major in political science and German. She prepared a senior thesis project as part of the honors program at TCU.
Land was chosen a scholar by the program’s 12-member board, which is appointed by presidents of the United States to select Fulbright recipients and establish worldwide policies.
Fulbright alumni have included heads of state, judges, ambassadors, cabinet ministers, chief executive officers in varied fields, university presidents, journalists, artists, professors and teachers; Fulbright honorees have gone on to win a total of 43 Nobel Prizes. Over six decades, some 315,000 “Fulbrighters” have been in the program.
In addition to her academic honors, Emma Land was a National Defense University intern in 2012, and has worked for McGartland & Borchardt as a media specialist.