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Two Whitworth Alumnae Selected as Fulbright Finalists

April 26, 2018
Whitworth University is pleased to announce two Whitworth alumnae have been selected as Fulbright Scholarship finalists. Whitworth has a long-standing tradition of producing such finalists. Nearly 40 Whitworth students and alumni have been selected since 2000.

Katie Williams, ’11, holds a bachelor of arts in peace studies and Spanish literature. She has been named a Fulbright Finalist for the Fulbright Study-Research Award and will pursue her International master of business administration degree at the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain. She is from Santiago, Chile.

“I am pursuing a career in strategic design and business ethics, so receiving a Fulbright grant to study business at a school that boasts one of the most internationally diverse intake demographics is an incredible opportunity,” says Williams. “I'm excited to sharpen my technical business acumen in the MBA program courses, but I think the experience of living in Madrid and working with ambitious people from around the world will be the most impactful learning experience.”

Rachel Martin, ’07, holds a bachelor of arts in international studies with minors in political studies and Spanish as well as a master of arts in elementary education. She has been named a Fulbright Finalist for the Fulbright English Teaching Award (ETA) in Senegal. Martin is from Seattle, Washington.

“"I am excited and humbled to be selected as a Fulbright finalist,” says Martin. “I have worked as a local (American) staff member in an international school for five years, but now it is my turn to take the big leap and step into an overseas role. I feel blessed to have this opportunity to build connections, contribute in my chosen field, and immerse myself in another culture and language. Here I am, nearly 11 years after graduating from Whitworth, and I am beyond grateful for the doors that it continues to open in my life."

Phillip Bax, a double major in English literature and biology with a minor in chemistry, has been named a Fulbright Alternate for the Fulbright English Teaching Award (ETA) in the Czech Republic. He is from Colbert, Wash.

“Fulbright applicants nationally compete among the best and brightest of their academic cohort to serve as cultural ambassadors to over 140 countries outside the U.S.,” says Jessica Clements, assistant professor of English at Whitworth and interim Fulbright program advisor. “Not only are eligibility requirements rigorous but acceptance rates are also extremely competitive. The prestigious group of Fulbright scholars includes 59 Nobel Laureates and nearly 100 Pulitzer Prize winners as well as thousands of leaders across the public, private and non-profit sectors.”

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students and young professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. The program currently awards approximately 1,900 grants annually in all fields of study, and operates in more than 140 countries.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of nearly 3,000 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


Jessica Clements, assistant professor of English, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4975 or

Trisha Coder, media relations manager, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4703 or