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Fonner Receives Fulbright Award

By Staff | Jun 22, 2016

Daniel Fonner, son of Richard and Linda Fonner of New Martinsville, has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to study in the United Kingdom beginning in Fall 2016.

Inspired by his grandfather, the late Frederick A. Fonner of New Martinsville, a Purple Heart and Bronze Star World War II veteran, Daniel will study the access and availability of creative arts therapies for veterans and military personnel in the United Kingdom suffering from mental illnesses such as Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injuries. He will graduate from the University of Warwick in Coventry, U.K. in 2017 with a Master of Arts degree in International Cultural Policy and Management.

When not studying, Fonner will present lectures and recitals of music for the marimba inspired by WWII. He will also trace his grandfather’s footsteps in France and Germany to gather information for his upcoming book based on more than 500 letters Fred wrote and received during the war.

Fonner graduated as a Valedictorian of Magnolia High School in 2008 and obtained a Bachelor of Music degree at Duquesne University in percussion performance in 2012. In May 2016, he graduated with a Master of Arts Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

Daniel will be joined by his wife, Staci (Standiford) Fonner, a 2007 valedictorian graduate of Magnolia High School.