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Whitworth Student Kyra Furuta Named Fulbright Scholarship Finalist

May 22, 2023

Whitworth senior Kyra Furuta ’23 has been selected as a 2023 Fulbright scholarship finalist and awarded the English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Award.

The mathematics and secondary education double major is headed to South Korea to teach for a year.

“I’m honored to have received this award and excited to start a new adventure,” Furuta says. “I love teaching because I get to develop close relationships with each of my students, and I’m looking forward to the new connections that I will make during my time in South Korea!"

Upon returning from South Korea, Furuta hopes to teach high school mathematics in her home state of Hawaii.

“The Fulbright program provides a tremendous opportunity for American graduates to build bridges with communities around the world,” says Megan Hershey, professor of political science and Fulbright advisor. “Kyra will be an excellent representative of the U.S., and of Whitworth, abroad.”

Whitworth has consistently been named a top producer of Fulbright finalists among master’s-level universities nationwide.

The U.S. Fulbright Program is funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State and is overseen by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations and foundations in more than 140 countries and the United States also provide direct and indirect support. 

About Whitworth University:

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of about 2,500 students, offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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