Close Menu

Whitworth once again named a top producer of Fulbright Scholars

February 12, 2015

Whitworth University has once again been recognized as a top producer of students who received Fulbright awards for 2014-15. Six Whitworth students are currently serving in the prestigious program, more than any higher education institution in Washington state except for the University of Washington, which produced seven Fulbright Scholars for 2014-15.

The success of the top-producing institutions was highlighted on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s website today and can be viewed at

Following are Whitworth’s 2014-15 Fulbright recipients:
  • Stephen Eyman, ’12, an international studies and Spanish double major, is teaching in Colombia;
  • Alanna Feltner, ’14, a psychology and Spanish double major, is teaching in Mexico;
  • Kelsey Marcinko, ’14, a mathematics major, is teaching in the Slovak Republic;
  • Konstantin Tachan, ’14, a chemistry major, is teaching in South Korea;
  • Austin Vander Wel, ’14, a cross-cultural studies, international studies and Spanish triple major, is teaching in Costa Rica;
  • Sondra Willmann, ’14, an elementary and special education double major, is teaching in Malaysia.
“Whitworth is known for emphasizing both academic excellence and service, two elements 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 for this year went through a rigorous process of application construction and revision. A Whitworth education prepares students to tackle these tasks.”

The recipients are serving 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 are living in their host-countries for nine to 10 months during the academic year.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 fields of study are offered Fulbright Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research annually. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program operates in over 140 countries throughout the world. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available at

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.


Megan Hershey, assistant professor of political science, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4951 or

Lucas Beechinor, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or