JerDrema (Dreme) Flynt M.Ed., MBA’22 has been awarded a Fulbright grant, the first Babson College graduate student to earn the prestigious prize.
Flynt has earned a U.S. Student Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Africa, which will start in February 2023, when South Africa’s academic year begins. The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant programs place grantees in schools overseas to supplement local English language instruction and to provide a native speaker presence in the classrooms.
“To actually get awarded a Fulbright, it’s pretty amazing,” said Flynt, who also holds a Master of Education from UCLA. “My background is in education, nonprofit, and activism. So, this Fulbright really mixes together my world of thinking about education, traveling, and business and entrepreneurship for kids.
“One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned at Babson,” she said, “is I have more power within myself than I thought I did, and that there are skills that I have that just have different names, but it doesn’t mean that I can’t try.”
This summer, Flynt will be working on her venture, Growing Hands, a platform dedicated to serving Black and Brown people on their natural hair journey.
Flynt is the 10th Babson student—and first graduate student—to earn a Fulbright grant in the past 17 years. Former scholars include Julia Dean ’19, Julianne Carlin ’17, Spencer Rivera ’17, Amy Mon ’12, Shane Fogarty ’09, Giusep Vitale ’07, Ariah M. Reilly, Christian I. Dambolena ’03, and Julian C. Simcock.
The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.
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