Brandt Coleman, 2013 graduate of Beechwood schools, has been selected for a yearlong fellowship in Germany through the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is a fellowship of the German Bundestag and U.S. Congress that annually provides 75 Young American Professional scholars the opportunity to spend one year in Germany on a fully funded diplomacy and educational fellowship.
The CBYX program is sponsored in the U.S. by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, under the authority of Fulbright-Hays.
In July, Brandt began his CBYX year with training in Washington DC and then went on to orientation in Frankfurt Germany.
As a Young U.S. Ambassador, his fellowship will involve study and work with German environmentalists and marine biologists while living in Germany and attending a German University for an entire year; thus giving him a much greater international perspective of environmental problems and solutions.
Brandt is living in Saarbrücken and is enrolled in Intensive German Language School.
In his off time, he has been able to make excursions to France, Luxembourg and several other cities in Germany. He was invited to meet the Consul-General of Saarland for a discussion and city tour called “The Royal Regiment of Two Bridges,” which was about the French Expeditionary Force that was sent to the United States to help the U.S. fight for independence.
Since Brandt is a Compatriot and member of The National Society Sons of the American Revolution, Simon-Kenton Chapter, he presented information about his Revolutionary War family member, Frederick Tanner.
Soon Brandt will be moving to the small town of Rostock and begin classes in environmental science, geoscience and marine biology at the University of Rostock. All of his classes will be given in the German language.
He will also be interning with a German company doing marine research in the Baltic Sea. Since Brandt is a certified scuba Divemaster and Rescue Diver, he’s looking forward to the opportunity to do some research scuba diving in the Baltic Sea.
Story from Etta Smith-Weber of Cincinnati; email her at firstname.lastname@example.org