Babson College Senior Julia Dean has been awarded a Fulbright Study/Research Grant from the world’s largest and most diverse international educational exchange program. As a Fulbright student, Dean will travel to South Korea and create an entrepreneurship boot camp curriculum to empower North Korean defectors to better their lives through education and an entrepreneurial mindset.
Motivated by her parents’ struggle to gain access to education under a Romanian communist regime, Dean found a passion for global citizenry and service-based travel.
As a Babson undergraduate student and Babson Weissman Scholar, Dean studied, lived, and worked in five countries, became multilingual, and created an entirely new organization and living space on Babson’s campus.
“Empowerment through education has long been a passion of mine,” said Dean. “My parents taught me that people’s potential withers when access to education is hindered. After I received a full-tuition scholarship to Babson, I learned that entrepreneurship, and the skills to provide for yourself and others, could be taught, and that I could not only seize opportunities, but also create my own. In a world like my parents’ Romania, or present-day North Korea, this skill can be life-saving.”
Ian Lapp, senior member of the Undergraduate School, has for quite some time been one of Julia Dean’s greatest supporters.
“It gives me incredible pride to see Julia perceived with a Fulbright Award, specifically on the grounds that I have watched in amazement of her development over her four years at Babson,” said Lapp. “She is among the best of Babson, and her venture is splendid, abandoning me with little uncertainty that it will be significant in manners that the world never envisioned.”
Babson has had nine Fulbright Award beneficiaries over the most recent 15 years.
“I am excited to see a resurgence of enthusiasm from Babson understudies for the Fulbright U.S. Understudy program,” said Lorien Romito, ranking executive of International Education and Fulbright Program consultant at Babson College. “Julia’s merited honor helps all to remember us that Babson understudies have such a great amount to add to the Fulbright mission of the worldwide organization and common comprehension crosswise over countries.”