Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

July 9, 2008

Whitworth Alumna Beth Carlson Receives Fulbright Scholarship to Korea

Beth Carlson, a 2008 Whitworth University alumna, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship to teach English as a Foreign Language in South Korea. Since 2000, seven Whitworth students and four faculty members have been selected as Fulbright scholars. In Nov. 2007, the Fulbright Program named Whitworth a top producer of students who received Fulbright awards in 2007-08; Whitworth was ranked in the master's institutions category, along with 20 other institutions including Mills College, City University of New York, and Valparaiso University.

Carlson, a resident of Olympia, Wash., who majored in English at Whitworth, is one of more than 1,450 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2008-09 academic year. Her long-term career goals are to work in the field of human-rights advocacy or teach ESL to adult newcomers to the United States. She says the Fulbright scholarship will be beneficial personally and professionally.

"I'm honored to be chosen for the Fulbright," Carlson says. "Living in a new culture will challenge me, and if I teach ESL in the future, the Fulbright will equip me to help my students as they adjust to the U.S. I look forward to living with a Korean host family and engaging in meaningful ways with my students. I hope to teach in a rural area and to use this opportunity to explore Korea."

Carlson's scholarship is part of the English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) Program, an element of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, thus improving foreign students' English-language abilities and knowledge of the United States while increasing the Fulbright students' language skills and knowledge of their host countries. ETAs may also pursue individual study and research in addition to their teaching responsibilities.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, America's flagship international educational exchange program, is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. For more than 60 years, the bureau has funded and supported programs that promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Since its establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by the late Senator J. William Fulbright, of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has provided opportunities for approximately 286,500 people from the United States and from countries around the world to observe each others' political, economic, educational and cultural institutions, to exchange ideas, and to embark on joint ventures of importance to the general welfare of the world's inhabitants. The program operates in more than 155 countries worldwide.

For additional information about the Fulbright Program or the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit the organization's website at www.fulbright.state.gov.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

James A. Lawrence, Office of Academic Exchange Programs, telephone 202-453-8531, or e-mail fulbright@state.gov.

Julie Riddle, public information officer, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

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