Students Honored with Fulbrights
May 06, 2009
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DR. DAVID SANDGREN, professor, History
AMY KELLY, Media Relations director
CONCORDIA STUDENTS HONORED WITH
Seniors Megan Stolte, Lakeville, Minn., and Sarah Walker, Sioux Falls, S.D., were awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships. Stolte, a Spanish and organizational communication major, received a grant to teach in a primary school in Valencia, in eastern Spain. Walker, a history and English literature major, received a grant to teach in South Korea.
“Concordia has averaged about one Fulbright winner a year since 1980,” says Dr. David Sandgren, the Fulbright adviser on campus. Winners complete a rigorous application process that includes writing essays and interviewing with an on-campus committee, which then recommends candidates to the national program. Demonstrated fluency in the country's primary language is a requirement for some programs. “These are absolutely standout people,” Sandgren says of Concordia's two winners. “It’s an enormous accomplishment for both of them.”
Each ETA Program is designed by the host country, and individual elements may vary by country. In most cases, ETAs are placed in schools or universities outside of capital cities, assigned various activities designed to improve their students' language abilities and are fully integrated into the host community. They may also pursue individual study/research plans in addition to ETA responsibilities. For more information see the Fulbright site at http://us.fulbrightonline.org.