Excerpt from the Dayton Daily News
Wright State University alumna and Centerville native Lilith Holloway was named a Fulbright Scholar for 2023.
Holloway, who graduated from Wright State with a bachelor’s degree in French and international studies in the spring of 2023, will teach English as a second language in one of France’s Zone D’éducation Prioritare in Lyon starting in September. The Zone D’éducation Prioritare is a program started by the French government in 1982 that channels additional resources to schools in disadvantaged areas and encourages the development of new teaching projects.
Holloway’s interest in French language and culture came from her family, who decided to leave Germany at the end of World War II. This decision brought her grandmother and grandmother’s sister to the United States and France, respectively.
Growing up, Holloway was exposed to the French language and culture through visits with cousins still living in France. Though she learned to communicate with her multilingual cousins in basic French, she did not begin formal French lessons until she was 15.
“I still have cousins in France and have lived with them twice. My mom and dad for some reason, spoke to them in German, but I grew up speaking to them in French,” said Holloway.