Rockland native Piper Wheeler has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program fellowship to study for a year in St. Petersburg, Russia.

During the 2010-2011 academic year, Wheeler will work under the direction of Russian scholars at St. Petersburg State University to translate into English excerpts from poet Vladislav Felitsianovich Khodasevich’s 1939 volume of memoirs, “Necropolis.” A landmark of Russian literary history, “Necropolis” has never before been translated into English. By eventually publishing her annotated translation, Wheeler hopes to increase American interest in Russian culture and literature.

Wheeler is the daughter of Jill Abernethy of Rockland and David Wheeler of Nobleboro, and the granddaughter of Martha Owen Moore, also of Rockland. Having received her early education at Rockland’s McLain Elementary School and at the Riley School in Glen Cove, Wheeler graduated in 2004 from the Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Mass. In May 2010, Wheeler was awarded a bachelor of arts in Russian at Reed College in Portland, Ore., and inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society (Oregon chapter). Following her Fulbright year abroad, Wheeler hopes to return to New England to begin work toward a doctorate in Slavic studies.

Fulbright Program scholars are chosen for their academic and leadership potential. The program was established in 1946 under legislation introduced by Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas and currently operates in 155 countries. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State administers the Fulbright Program. Prospective applicants and interested parties are invited to learn more at