By Cynthia Peters
Twelve graduates of the Pomona College Class of 2010 were awarded prestigious Fulbright Fellowships to pursue research or to teach around the globe. Over the last five years, graduating Pomona College seniors have been awarded 79 Fulbright Fellowships.
Receiving a Fulbright Fellowship to teach English is Dante Benson, an Asian Studies major from Camden, NJ. He will teach in Yilan, Taiwan. His future plans include working for the United Nations. (See more information about Dante below).
Camden Academy Charter High School
ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT–Dante Benson
At age 21, Dante Benson traces his success and deep involvement in the community back to his roots in his hometown, Camden, New Jersey.
Born on August 31st, 1988, Dante saw early on that the way to make a positive impact on his city, country and world was through education, hard work, and perseverance.
Dante graduated from Camden Academy Charter High School in the top ten percent of his graduating class, Class of 2006, where he was a member of the National Honor Society.
While at Camden Academy, Dante became involved in many extracurricular activities including mentoring at Urban Promise Ministries Inc. and running track for Camden High School’s Track and Field Team. For his commitment and ability to perform at the highest level in and out of the classroom, Dante was awarded the prestigious Questbridge Scholarship to attend Pomona College in Claremont, California, one of America’s most esteemed Liberal Arts Colleges.
At Pomona College, Dante continued his extracurricular involvement by joining the Pomona and Pitzer Colleges’ track team, working numerous work-study jobs, being selected as a Resident Advisor, as well as serving as one of the founding members of Building Leaders on Campus (BLOC), an organization devoted to serving the community of greater Los Angeles through tutoring high school children.
While pursuing lofty goals on the track and in the communities of inner city Los Angeles, Dante strove to pursue equally ambitious academic goals by studying Chinese Language and History. During the latter half of 2008, Dante traveled to Beijing, China, to study Mandarin Chinese. The intensive study of Mandarin helped Dante to become near-fluent in Chinese. After studying in China, Dante decided he would devote his life to the study of Chinese.
Dante graduated from Pomona College with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies with a concentration in Chinese History. Seeming to mirror his senior year at CACHS, Dante was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, a grant awarded by the U.S. Department of State to promote cultural exchange between the U.S. and other nations. As such, Dante traveled to Taiwan on May 29 to teach English to Taiwanese middle school students while concurrently furthering his studies in Mandarin Chinese.
With his family, high school, college and city constantly to thank for his success, Dante’s life journey and future success are dedicated to these people and places.