Mallory Keeley ’22 Awarded Fulbright to Germany Keeley will live in a German community for one academic year to teach English to students in a local school.
Washington and Lee University senior Mallory Keeley ’22 has received a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Germany. At W&L, Keeley is double majoring in business and German. A Lexington, Virginia, native, Keeley graduated from Rockbridge County High School.
The Fulbright ETA Program is designed to help teach English to students and promote cultural awareness between the United States and other countries. Keeley will live in a German community assigned in the coming months for one academic year to teach English to students in a local school.
“I’m so grateful and thrilled to have been selected for this program,” said Keeley. “It’s a wonderful way to be able to cap off my undergraduate studies and credits the many people who have played a role in growing my German language skills. I’m looking forward to sharing American culture with members of the German community and learning more about everyday life in Germany.”
While abroad, Keeley is looking forward to strengthening her German language skills and making cultural connections.
“I especially want to build my German business vocabulary, which I hope to be able to put to use one day professionally,” Keeley said. “As far as my projects go, I plan on incorporating aspects of American culture and the English language to bridge ties between my hometown and the German community where I’ll be living and teaching.”
Roger Crockett, professor of German at W&L, has mentored and taught Keeley during her time on campus.
“I am thrilled Mallory was chosen for the Fulbright program,” said Crockett. “She has boundless enthusiasm for everything German. Her creativity, ease and comfort with the German language and culture are outstanding. I know she will make an excellent impression in Germany as a representative of the United States.”
Keeley is a member of the Delta Society and German Club, and for the last three years, she ran on W&L’s women’s cross country and track teams and was a phonathon caller for the university’s Annual Fund. As a senior, Keeley has become more involved in the Outing Club. She also tutors elementary school students in reading and writing, volunteers at a local preschool and enjoys boxing at Hinojosa Gym in Buena Vista.
After Keeley returns to the U.S., she will work at Axon Enterprise Inc. in Scottsdale, Arizona, where she will participate in its business leadership development program.
“I feel honored to have been selected for the Fulbright ETA program and owe thanks to several individuals who played significant roles in my development at W&L,” said Keeley. “I want to thank my family, friends, the W&L German Department and Fellowships Committee. Specifically, I want to thank W&L professors Loar, Youngman, Crockett, Prager and Gilbert for the excellent guidance, support and encouragement they’ve given me over the last four years.”