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Craft Academy alumna Maddy McCloud named Fulbright Scholar

Maddy McCloud, a 2017 graduate of the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics at Morehead State, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study abroad in Taiwan during the 2021-22 academic year.

McCloud graduated magna cum laude with honors from the University of Louisville this spring and has been accepted to the macro neurobiology Ph.D. program at the University of California (UCLA) Berkeley. McCloud will study in Taiwan before heading to Berkeley.   

"I tell everyone that going to Craft was the life-changing decision that led to this moment and her many academic successes," said Tonja McCloud, Maddy's mother.  

Led by the U.S. government in partnership with more than 160 countries worldwide, the Fulbright Program offers international educational and cultural exchange programs for passionate and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers, and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach, or pursue meaningful research and professional projects.  

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics is a dual-credit academy for academically exceptional Kentucky students. Craft Academy provides students with a postsecondary residential experience to complete their junior and senior years of high school by enrolling in college courses. The Craft Academy's purpose is to meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. The academic rigor of the Craft Academy challenges students to excel at their highest level through project-based STEM+X courses and hands-on learning experiences, with emphasis on innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.  

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