3 UNLV students win Fulbright Scholarship

3 UNLV students have actually been awarded prestigious Fulbright Scholarships that will permit them to study, perform research, and teach abroad.

Meredith Whye just finished with a master’s degree in early youth education through the Teach for America program. She will be heading to Kenya to teach English at the university level.

“I’m really delighted for the opportunity to help,” Whye described. Initially from Iowa, Whye has been teaching Pre-K in the Clark County School District at Ruben P. Diaz Primary school.

She used to Kenya since of family roots. Her grandfather once operated in the African nation with the East Africa Research Company. “I had this personal connection and I was constantly interested in going there,” Whye said.

Eventually, Whye hopes to get her doctorate in worldwide education with a focus on how education policymakers in the U.S. can learn from how other countries educate their citizens.

Secondary Education major Hannah Kelley has recently added Fulbright grant recipient to the ever growing list of her achievements at UNLV.

Kelley, who finished in May with a 3.99 GPA and was named a UNLV Exceptional Graduate, will be moving to Norway to teach English as part of her Fulbright dedication.

The Honors College graduate has said she always knew she wanted to be an instructor to give back to the neighborhood.

While at UNLV, the former Green Valley High School valedictorian worked full time to support herself while stabilizing after-school activities such as functioning as Editor in Chief of UNLV’s chapter of The Odyssey online news publication, as a workshop trainer at the Author’s Block Bookshop, and as a peer trainer and coach for the Formality College.

Following her time in Norway, Kelley intends on teach in the Clark County School District prior to entering into instructional policy.

UNLV history major Sean Cortney will spend the scholastic year in Changsha, Hunan, China at Hunan Typical University.

Cortney, who finished in December, will study the improvement of Yuelu Academy (a popular Chinese academy of higher discovering circa 976) to Hunan University in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and how it showed a landmark transition towards modernity in Huxiang culture and society.

Cortney became interested in the Yuelu Academy throughout a side journey to the province while studying abroad in China. “It is among the oldest continuing education centers worldwide,” Cortney said.

And the shift from the Yuelu Academy to Hunan University is special because incorporated classical Chinese knowing techniques with global aspects consisting of mathematics and engineering, Cortney said.

Plus, Cortney quipped, “I actually like Hunan food.”

Cortney is hoping to parlay his experience and UNLV education into a position with the federal government or the world of business before visiting finish school.

Susan Thompson, director of UNLV’s worldwide programs office – which helps coach and guide students obtaining Fulbright Scholarships – said the success of Cortney, Kelley, and Whye should fill UNLV with pride.

“This is a remarkable achievement for these students. They join a long and growing list of UNLV trainees who have actually earned this prominent scholarship. It will be an experience they will never forget,” Thompson stated.

The Fulbright Program was developed in 1946 by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright after World War II because too few Americans could speak the languages of their allies. However, scholarship recipients nowadays aim to grow international goodwill through studying and teaching abroad.

The program awards about 1,800 grants yearly. Grants are awarded to U.S. students, foreign trainees, U.S. scholars, checking out scholars, teachers and professionals who study, research study, or teach abroad for about a year. The Fulbright program runs in more than 140 nations covering more than 100 various disciplines.

Winning a Fulbright Scholarship is an extremely competitive process, with dozens of students applying annually from UNLV and thousands applying from colleges and universities across the country.

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