Joshua Hurd ’13 grew up in Livonia, New York. His ancestry was not German, but his parents lived in Germany while his father was in the military, and they were very taken with the culture. “All our Christmas decorations were from Germany, we listened to German records, and we enjoyed German foods,” says Hurd. He chose to pursue his undergraduate studies at Nazareth because of his interest in teaching and foreign languages, both of which are strengths of the College. Hurd, who spent semesters abroad in Rennes, France and Berlin, won a U.S. Junior Fulbright award, which took him back to Germany in the fall of 2013.
Founded in 1946, the Fulbright program awards highly competitive, merit-based grants that promote international exchange among students, scholars, teachers, professionals, scientists, and artists. This prestigious program has produced more Nobel laureates than any other award program, and Nazareth College has done exceptionally well competing in this arena. In the past five years, 18 Fulbrights have been awarded to Nazareth students. In fact, in 2012, Nazareth earned the number one spot in the “Master’s Institutions” category in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s Top Producers of U.S. Fulbright Students list.
Hurd, who attended Nazareth with the assistance of a scholarship funded by the Nazareth Fund, is using his Fulbright to teach adult learners in Bielefeld, Germany. While there, he’s pursuing a special passion in order to promote a “mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the rest of the world,” a precept that lies at the heart of the Fulbright mission. “I plan to play Ultimate Frisbee, which I played for four years at Nazareth,” Hurd says. “It’s a great way to bring people together.”