NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. -- Iona College graduate James Hurley has received a Postgraduate Study Fulbright Award to enable him to study at Queens University, Belfast on one of the most prestigious and selective scholarship programs operating worldwide.
Hurley was the valedictorian of the Iona College class of 2012 and a double major in History and Political Science.
In the summer of 2012 he interned with US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in her Washington, DC office. Immediately after this program, Hurley worked in the Bureau of the Secretary in the Office of Civil Rights (S/OCR) on diversity management and outreach-related initiatives for the US Department of State.
After his time at the State Department, Hurley joined the Education Advisory Board, a division of the Washington, DC-based Advisory Board Company. He currently serves as an analyst on the Student Affairs and Advancement Forums, conducting best practice research for senior student affairs and advancement officers at institutions of higher education across the Unites States, Canada, and Europe.
In addition to his studies, Hurley has completed multiple international and domestic marathons and served as the novice men’s captain of the DC Strokes Rowing Club in Washington, DC and editor to the Washington, DC-based Capital Pride Alliance, Inc.
Commenting on receiving the Award, Hurley said: “I am thrilled at the opportunity to study in Northern Ireland at Queens University, Belfast in the Legislative Studies programme and look forward to my work with the Northern Irish Assembly.”
The Fulbright Commission selects scholars through a rigorous application and interview process. In making these awards the Commission looks not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, demonstrated ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to the recipient’s home country upon returning.