“Whitworth is known for emphasizing both academic excellence and service, two things that are essential for building competitive Fulbright applicants,” says Megan Hershey, Whitworth assistant professor of political science and the university’s Fulbright advisor. “Each student who received a Fulbright award this year went through a rigorous process of application construction and revision. A Whitworth education prepares students to tackle these tasks.”
The recipients will serve in the English Teaching Assistant Program, a component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that places American students as English-teaching assistants in schools abroad. The participants will live and work in their host-country for nine to 10 months during the 2014-15 academic year.
Whitworth’s 2014-15 Fulbright recipients are:
- Stephen Eyman, ’12, international studies and Spanish double-major; will teach in Colombia
- Alanna Feltner, ’14, psychology and Spanish double-major; will teach in Mexico
- Kelsey Marcinko, ’14, mathematics major; will teach in the Slovak Republic
- Konstantin Tachan, ’14, chemistry major; will teach in South Korea
- Austin Vander Wel, ’14, cross-cultural studies, international studies and Spanish triple-major; will teach in Costa Rica
- Sondra Willmann, ’14, elementary and special education double-major; will teach in Malaysia
“Three of my great-grandparents emigrated from Slovakia, so I am very excited about this opportunity to connect with my heritage,” Marcinko says. “For a long time, one of my goals has been to learn to speak Slovak, and now that dream is going to become a reality.”
After teaching in the Slovak Republic, Marcinko will pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Washington Department of Applied Mathematics. She plans to become a professor of mathematics.
|Stephen Eyman, ’12|
After his time in Costa Rica, Vander Wel plans to further his education in a Spanish, Latin American studies, or linguistics master’s-degree program.
"While the Fulbright Program provides a great number of benefits for individuals - a once-in-a-lifetime experience to either conduct funded research or teach English abroad - the program’s most important goal is to promote peace and cooperation through understanding,” Hershey says.
In 2009 and 2011, Whitworth was named a top producer of Fulbright students among master’s-level universities nationwide. Since 2000, 31 Whitworth students have been selected as Fulbright scholars.
|Alanna Feltner, ’14|
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, America's international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For more than 60 years, the bureau has funded and supported programs that promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.
|Austin Vander Wel, ’14|
Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.
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