Seven University of Portland students offered prestigious 2017 Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants

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April 20, 2017

(Photo, left to right: Jocelin Morales ’18, Claire Kenneally '17, Jessica Busek '17, Ashley Martinez '17, Alana Laanui '18, Pearl Kahle ’17. Not pictured:  Hanna Nightingale '17.)

The University of Portland, a leader among its peer institutions in producing Fulbright U.S. Student Program participants, has announced that seven students have been named finalists for the 2017 awards to teach English, do research, or attend graduate school abroad.

The University of Portland continues to be one of the top producers of Fulbright U.S. Student Program awards in the nation among master's level institutions, according to a study released by the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition to the 2017 finalists, the University has had 59 students participate in the program since 2001.

"It is rewarding to see the University's fundamental commitment to teaching and service to others consistently recognized by the Fulbright Program," said University President Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C. "Our students share the belief that education is a matter of justice and social opportunity and that, as teachers, they can positively impact the lives of students and their families, both at home and in communities around the world."

The 2017 finalists offered English Teaching Assistantships (ETA) include Jessica Busek '17 (Luxembourg), Claire Kenneally '17 (Bulgaria), Alana Laanui '18 (Malaysia), Jocelin Morales '18 (Mexico), Pearl Kahle '17 (Germany) and Hanna Nightingale '17 (Germany). Ashley Martinez '17 was offered a Study/Internship to Mexico. In addition to the seven finalists, Parkes Kendrick '17 was selected as an alternate for a Study grant in the United Kingdom.

The United States Fulbright program began in 1946 after World War II to "assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic and peaceful relations between the United States and other countries of the world" through the exchange of students, scholars and professionals. The program operates in more than 140 countries worldwide.

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