Three Centre students win Fulbright Awards
RELEASED: May 10, 2007
DANVILLE, KY—Three Centre seniors have won 2007 Fulbright Awards. The prestigious studying/teaching-abroad award is named for the late Sen. J William Fulbright and is funded by the United States Department of State.
"I've always been interested in this, especially after talking to a lot of people who have done stints over there in the military with their families, and I've heard of a whole wide variety of experiences—whether they really took an interest in the Japanese culture or whether they tended to stay and live within the base." Cable will leave for Japan in September. After her year in Japan is over, Cable says she is interested in joining the Peace Corps.
"And following that I'd really like to go to grad school. But right now I have such broad interests, and I also want to take some time off from school."
Hillary Eason, a senior English and international relations double major from Johnson City, Tenn., will teach English in Korea for a year.
"I really loved the idea of getting the opportunity to immerse myself in this new language and culture," Eason says. "Also, I was motivated by questions of identity. My father is from Vietnam, so it'll be really interesting to immerse myself in a totally different country that at the same time bears some parallels to my own past."
"I have a serious interest in non-profit work, and I'm really interested to see how simple society manifests itself in a different culture and whether or not services and volunteers that exist in the U.S. are universal."
After spending a year in Korea, Eason hopes to return to join the Teach for America Institute and then attend graduate school.
Rachel Tapley, a senior French major from Danville, Ky., will be teaching English in primary school for nine months in Grenoble, a town in the Alps along the border of Italy and Switzerland.
"I'm really looking forward to being able to use what I've learned and also learn more French," Tapley says. "I think it's going to be really fun to teach those kids what I can."
During her years at Centre, Tapley studied abroad twice in France, once for an entire semester and again during CentreTerm, the College's unique three-week January term. She also has served as the editor of Vantage Point, Centre's literary magazine.
"The two months I was there was equivalent to a year of studying it normally," she says. "Part of the reason I learn languages is because it's a really good way to go other places and not just as a tourist in a superficial way."The Fulbright Fellowship Program is a national grant competition for U.S. citizens or permanent residents to work and/or study abroad during the course of their studies or after graduation. Grants cover travel and living costs for the academic year and necessary tuition at overseas universities. The goal of the program is to increase understanding between the United States and foreign countries. Selection for any Fulbright Student Program emphasizes leadership potential, academic and/or professional excellence, and commitment to mutual understanding.
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