Athina Chartelain ’13 has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Costa Rica. A communication major at Hamilton, she studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, in 2012.

Chartelain’s  teaching  experience  includes  promoting  math  literacy  with  inner-city middle  school  students through the Young People’s Project,   and  teaching  immigrants  and  refugees  from  all  over  the  world  as  a volunteer at the Hamilton College Project Shine program.

While studying in Spain, she volunteered with APROCOR and taught life skills to mentally challenged adults, and hosted an American culture segment on a Spanish radio station. 

Chartelain is a Student Activities intern, resident advisor, and Bristol Center administrative assistant. She is the Voices of Color lecture series coordinator, the Young People's Project volunteer coordinator, and diversity overnight host and coordinator for the Hamilton’s Admissions office.  Chartelain is a member and secretary of the Black and Latino Student Union, and involved with Hamilton Alumni Leadership Training (HALT).

She has received numerous academic awards and honors including a Hamilton College GOLD Merit Scholarship; Hamilton 1812 Leadership Circle Merit Scholarship; Hamilton Woman of Color Scholarship; she was selected for Hamilton’s Was Los Honor Society and Albert Shanker College Merit Scholarship Fund, 2009-2013.

Upon her return to the U.S, Chartelain plans to pursue a master's degree in higher education/student Affairs at The University of Michigan, University of Connecticut, or University of Rochester. She is interested in working with international student populations..

She is the daughter of Marie Louis of Brooklyn and is a graduate of Health Professions & Human Services High School.

The Fulbright ETA Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students’ English language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing their own language skills and knowledge of the host country. ETAs may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to their teaching responsibilities.


Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

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