Matt Tibbitts (West Hartford,
Conn./Conard), a senior midfielder on The University of
Scranton men’s lacrosse team, has been awarded a Fulbright
Scholarship English Teaching Assistantship to Malaysia for the
2014-2015 academic year.
He is one four University students to earn this prestigious award, joining Emmanuel Akpan Jr. ’14 (Flanders, New Jersey/English Teaching Assistantship to Cyprus), Olivia Salama ’14 (Bayonne, New Jersey/Scholarship in Law to Finland), and Marc Andris Vallone ’10 (Collingswood, New Jersey/English Teaching Assistantship to Brazil).
These highly competitive grants are awarded on the basis of academic merit and professional promise. This year’s four recipients brings The University of Scranton’s total to 148 students who have been awarded Fulbright scholarships since 1972.
The Fulbright program is the United States government’s premier scholarship program for overseas graduate study, research and teaching. For nine consecutive years, The Chronicle of Higher Education has listed The University of Scranton among the “top producers” of Fulbright awards for American students.
As a four-year member of the men’s lacrosse team, Tibbitts appeared in 40 games and finished his career with 18 goals and 14 assists for 32 total points. He was a member of the 2011 team that won its first Landmark Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time in school history. He was also named to the conference’s Academic Honor Roll in each of the past three seasons.
Matt is the son of Jeffrey and Katherine Tibbitts.