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WSC Students and Alumna Named Fulbright Semifinalists

Published Monday, February 22nd, 2021

Adam Smith, Linnea Vogel, Gracie Hansen, and Jennifer Lopez '20 are semifinalists for the Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant Program.

Three WSC students and one alumna have been selected as semifinalists for the Fulbright U.S. Student English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program. These four applicants hope to serve as English teaching assistants in classrooms abroad. Their applications are currently being reviewed by the supervising agency in their host countries. The semifinalists will learn later this semester if they will receive a prestigious Fulbright award.

The four students are Adam Smith, a communications and political science double major from Columbus, Neb.;  Linnea Vogel, an education major with endorsements in English language arts and English as a Second Language from Palmer, Neb.; Gracie Hansen, a double major in psychology and sociology from Lynch, Neb.; and Jennifer Lopez, a 2020 graduate with a Spanish major from Wakefield, Neb.  

Wayne State College students in their senior year are encouraged to apply for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program to pursue independent research projects or to assist English language teachers in classrooms across the globe. From business to performing arts, students in all academic fields have the potential to receive a grant to travel to one of more than 155 countries. Fulbright grants provide round-trip airfare, language or orientation programs (when applicable), a monthly stipend for the length of the award, and supplemental health and accident insurance.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

For information about the Fulbright Student Program, please contact Dr. Jean C. Karlen, professor emeritus of sociology at Wayne State, at jekarle1@wsc.edu.