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10 months in Bangladesh

Latham native one of 17 recipients of Fulbright Fellowship

Ali Horton, back row second from left, joins Hillary Clinton and Fulbright scholars.

Ali Horton, back row second from left, joins Hillary Clinton and Fulbright scholars. Submitted Photo

— “We’re very proud of her,” Mary Pat Horton, Alison’s mother, said. “As parents we have worries for her safety, health … but she’s 27 years old. We can’t say no. We’re supporting her in every way. Sometimes she jokes and says, ‘I’m young and naive and I can make a difference.’ She’s going to make it matter, I think. If anybody can do it, she can. She’s just a special girl.”

When she returns at the end of next summer, Horton will finish up her doctorate and aim for a 2016 graduation. She also teaches a course at the university to about 300 freshmen. She said in the future she hopes to ideally get a job in the states, working for a large-scale alternative development organization and later, maybe becoming a professor.

“I see how uneven the world is and how privileged I am,” she said. “This is what I want to work on for a career. Who knows if I can ever make a difference, but I’m gonna try.”

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