Seniors, Alumni Awarded Fulbright Fellowships

Story posted May 27, 2010

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Six students and alumni have earned Fulbright Fellowships, which provide funding for study or teaching abroad for one year to promote cross-cultural interaction and increase mutual understanding between people of the U.S. and other countries through educational and cultural exchange.

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John Lehman '10 | Germany | English teaching assistantship

A German and English double major with a minor in visual arts, Lehman will teach English to German high school students approximately 20 hours per week during his Fulbright tenure. He also hopes to share his interest and expertise in photography by starting a club or offering lessons. Lehman's long-range plans include earning a Ph.D. in medieval studies with a focus on linguistics, and becoming a professor.

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Scott Nebel '09 | Germany | English Teaching Assistantship

Throughout his Fulbright year, Nebel will serve as a teaching assistant in a German high school. In his spare time, Nebel, who is German major and music minor, looks forward to sharing his musical talents by contributing to a school music program, volunteering at a radio station or involving himself in the local music community. Upon his return, Nebel is considering earning a degree in either German or jazz studies, and pursuing a career in music and teaching.

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Alexandra Reed '10 | Uruguay | English teaching assistantship

Drawing upon her extensive tutoring experience as well as her double major in government/legal studies and Spanish, Reed will serve for eight months as a language learning assistant in a school and a teaching training program. In her spare time, she plans to enroll in political science courses at a local university, in preparation for earning an advanced degree in Latin American studies or in international relations (with a focus on Latin America) upon returning to the U.S.

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Additionally, Keri Forbringer '10 (left) was selected for an Austrian Government Teaching Assistantship in English, under the auspices of the Austrian-American Fulbright Commission.

Elisa Kim '10 (right) is currently an alternate for a study/research grant to South Korea.

Alumni

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Taylor White '07 | Norway | English teaching assistantship

White, who has spent the last three years teaching and coaching at private schools in the U.S., will teach English to secondary or post-secondary students in Norway. During her ten-month appointment, she also plans to volunteer as a coach — possibly even introducing the sport of women's lacrosse to Norwegian girls — and to devote some time to writing. Her long-terms plans include graduate study in American studies and/or education.

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Leslie Wittenbraker '06 | Dominican Republic | English teaching assistantship

Experience teaching Spanish at the middle and high school levels, and involvement with an art enrichment program leave Wittenbraker well prepared her for her Fulbright appointment. During her ten months in the Dominican Republic, Wittenbraker will teach English to post-secondary students, and she hopes to volunteer her artistic talents within local elementary art programs. Upon her return to the U.S., Wittenbraker plans to begin graduate studies in linguistics and second language acquisition.

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Jamil Wyne '08 | Syria | Study/research grant

Drawing on his Arabic language skills and experience in the Middle East's development sector, Wyne will work with an organization providing financial and technical assistance to entrepreneurs to study the challenges young Syrian entrepreneurs face and how those obstacles can be overcome. After completing his Fulbright, Wyne hopes to delve further into the field of economic and social development in the Arab world and emerging markets and ultimately to enroll in a joint M.B.A./M.P.A. program.

About Fulbright

The Fulbright program was created in 1946 through the efforts of Arkansas Senator J. William Fulbright and sponsored by the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Operating worldwide, the Fulbright Program provides funds for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching and teaching in elementary and secondary schools abroad.

Proposals were evaluated based upon the extent to which the candidates and the project might help advance the program's aim.


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