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2009 Fulbright Teaching Award
2009. Santa Clara University senior and triple-major Benjamin Snyder has won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to teach English in Saxony in the former East Germany after graduation.
The award will pay transportation and a living-expense stipend for Snyder, a 22-year-old avowed Germanophile, to teach English to German secondary school students for a year starting this fall.
In addition to German studies, Snyder is also majoring in political science and history—and is an honors student in each, as well as being a member of the University Honors Program.
“He has always been outstanding,” said his German professor Gudrun Tabbert-Jones. In addition to his beautifully spoken and written German skills, his grasp of German political history is keen, she said.
Snyder has written an honors thesis for the history department on the legacy of the Socialist Party in East Germany. Tabbert-Jones has suggested that he publish it, calling it “outstanding.”
Snyder is also the winner of the Geoff and Josie Fox German Studies Award for students who have shown a consistent interest in German culture, and who have an understanding of the experience, values, and traditions of Germanic speaking countries. He will receive the award May 27. A member of the cross country and track and field team until this year, he’s also won numerous other awards at SCU, including the 2008 Bernard L. Kronick Political Science Undergraduate Research Award.