April 21, 2009
WORCESTER, Mass. - Senior defender Jerry Dickinson (Pittsburgh, Pa.), a member of the Holy Cross men's soccer team, has been awarded a Fulbright Grant to work and study at the University of Witwatersrand School of Law and the Centre for Applied Legal Studies in Johannesburg, South Africa. A member of the College Honors Program with a double major in political science and sociology, Dickinson will study and conduct research on race, human rights and housing policy; and will examine how to best serve the interests of low-income black African families in Johannesburg. He will also work as a paralegal intern under the supervision of litigators and researchers representing families who have been evicted from their homes, beginning in January of 2010.
"This award is a culmination of my personal experiences growing up and my academic achievements at Holy Cross," said Dickinson. "I am very happy and excited, but I am also very enthusiastic about representing Holy Cross at the international level. I think being a Fulbright Scholar is a testament to the College of the Holy Cross, its core Jesuit value of `men and women for others' and the college's goal of bringing the best out of its students."
On the field, Dickinson was named the 2008 Patriot League Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to earning All-Patriot League honors during his junior and senior seasons. A three-time team captain, he was the leader of a Holy Cross defense which ranked 20th in the nation with an 0.71 goals against average in 2008. Dickinson also finished his senior year ranked second on the team in scoring with three goals and one assist for seven points. In addition, he was selected to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in 2006 and 2007.
An active member of the Holy Cross community, Dickinson is involved in several multicultural student organizations on campus, including the Black Student Union and the Multicultural Peer Educators. He writes for the student newspaper, The Crusader, is a Peer Mentor to first-year students, serves on the sociology student advisory committee, and has been a Manresa retreat leader. In the Student Government Association (SGA), he has served as the director of diversity (2007-08) and director of student life (2008-09).
Each year approximately 1,000 college students are awarded grants through the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange. Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Since the program's inception in 1946, more than 250,000 participants -- chosen for their leadership potential -- have had the opportunity to observe each other's political, economic and cultural institutions.