Three UNLV Students Win Fulbright Scholarship

3 UNLV students have been awarded distinguished Fulbright Scholarships that will enable them to study, carry out research study, and teach abroad.

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

“I’m truly thrilled for the chance to help,” Whye described. Originally from Iowa, Whye has actually been teaching Pre-K in the Clark County School District at Ruben P. Diaz Grade school.

She applied to Kenya since of household roots. Her grandpa once worked in the African nation with the East Africa Research study Company. “I had this personal connection and I was always thinking about going there,” Whye said.

Eventually, Whye wants to get her doctorate in global education with a concentrate on how education policymakers in the U.S. can learn from how other countries inform their people.

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

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

The Formality College graduate has actually stated she always understood she wished to be an instructor to give back to the community.

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

Following her time in Norway, Kelley intends on teach in the Clark County School District before going into educational policy.

UNLV history major Sean Cortney will invest the academic year in Changsha, Hunan, China at Hunan Regular University.

Cortney, who graduated in December, will study the change of Yuelu Academy (a prominent Chinese academy of higher finding out 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 ended up being thinking about the Yuelu Academy throughout a side journey to the province while studying abroad in China. “It is among the oldest continuing education centers on the planet,” Cortney stated.

And the transition from the Yuelu Academy to Hunan University is special in that bundled classical Chinese knowing tactics with worldwide elements including mathematics and engineering, Cortney said.

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

Cortney is intending to parlay his experience and UNLV education into a position with the federal government or the world of organisation before heading to finish school.

Susan Thompson, director of UNLV’s international programs office – which helps coach and guide trainees looking for Fulbright Scholarships – stated the success of Cortney, Kelley, and Whye must fill UNLV with pride.

“This is a significant accomplishment for these trainees. They join a long and growing list of UNLV trainees who have actually made this prestigious scholarship. It will be an experience they will never forget,” Thompson said.

The Fulbright Program was established in 1946 by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright after World War II due to the fact that too couple of Americans might speak the languages of their allies. However, scholarship receivers nowadays intend to grow international goodwill through studying and teaching abroad.

The program awards about 1,800 grants yearly. Grants are granted to U.S. students, foreign trainees, U.S. scholars, visiting scholars, instructors and professionals who study, research study, or teach abroad for about a year. The Fulbright program operates in more than 140 countries covering more than 100 different fields of study.

Winning a Fulbright Scholarship is a highly competitive process, with lots of students applying each year from UNLV and thousands applying from colleges and universities across the country.

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