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Mount St. Mary’s Student Named Fulbright Semifinalist

Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'19

Mount St. Mary’s University senior Claire Doll has been chosen as a semifinalist for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) award. If chosen as the recipient of the prominent award, she will have the opportunity to spend a year in the Czech Republic, helping teach English and plan community outreach events.

claire-doll-in-text.jpgShe was aided in the application process by the Mount Fellows Society, a program run by the Office of Competitive Fellowships, that helps students seek out prestigious fellowships such as the Fulbright Award.

“I have Dr. [Christine] Blackshaw to thank for all the application help, and Dr. [Michelle] Ohanian, Dr. [Sean] Lewis, and Dr. [Patrick] Ryan for writing me letters of recommendation,” shared Doll.

Doll, who is from Catonsville, Maryland, is majoring in English and secondary education, and minoring in creative writing. She is a member of the Flute Ensemble and a tutor for the Peer Tutoring Program.

She also acts as managing editor for the Emmitsburg News-Journal and editor-in-chief of the Mount’s student-produced literary magazine, the award-winning Lighted Corners. In 2023, Doll was the recipient of the William Heath Award for achievement in creative writing, and the Gadamer Liberal Arts Scholarship.

Associate Professor of English Tom Bligh, Ph.D, who has taught Doll several creative writing courses and acts as faculty advisor for Lighted Corners, encouraged her to join the Mount Fellows Society.

“Attending the Mount has given me countless opportunities to explore what I really want to do in life. I began as an elementary education major, but I changed to English education when I realized how much I loved reading and writing,” she noted.

Doll has published well over a dozen works of creative fiction and nonfiction, her favorites being “The Stillness and the Change,” published in the literary magazine Capsule Stories, and “Sitting Under Starry Skies,” in the undergraduate writing anthology, plain china.

She plans to pursue a career as a secondary-education English teacher and to pass on her love of creative writing and literature. “My goal is to help my students grow into diligent readers and writers,” she stated.

The Competitive Fellowships Committee, comprised of faculty members, includes Director Christine Blackshaw, Ph.D., Associate Director William Christiansen, Ph.D., Associate Director Angy Kallarackal, Ph.D., Josey Chacko, Ph.D., Sarah Krueger, Ph.D., Michelle Ohanian, Ph.D., Garth Patterson, Ph.D., and Eric Sakowski, Ph.D. They oversee applications and conduct the Fulbright on-campus interviews. 

According to Fulbright, applicants who reach this stage will be notified if they have been selected, designated as an alternate or not selected between early March and late May, with dates to vary by country.

To learn more about the Office of Competitive Fellowships and the Mount Fellows Program, visit


Katherine Stohlman Pieters, C'19