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Mallory Hasty '17 to Teach in Malaysia with Fulbright Award

June 9, 2017

Mallory Hasty, a May 2017 graduate of DePauw University, has been selected to receive an English Teaching Assistantship from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Hasty will spend the upcoming academic year teaching English in Malaysia.

She becomes the seventh member of the DePauw community to be announced as recipients of Fulbright awards for the 2017-18 academic year. Gesenia Viviescas '17 and Sarah Scully '13 will serve in Taiwan with English Teaching Assistantships,  Sarah Salazar '17 and Olivia Flores '14 will both serve as ETAs in Colombia, Kaela Goodwin '17 will teach English in Thailand, while Jacqueline Rueda '17 received a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship and will conduct research in Brazil on gender and diversity.

A double major in English (writing) and religious studies, Hasty was a DePauw Summer English Immersion Institute Teaching Assistant. 

"My role as a tutor at my university’s Writing Center inspired a passion for working with Asian students and participating in a cultural exchange," she wrote in her Fulbright application. "Participating in the Fulbright program as an ETA in Malaysia would be the perfect way to combine these passions. In my Islam class, I became captivated by Malaysia’s history, religious dynamics, and many different cultures, and I started to imagine a life there as a partner instead of a short-term tourist."

Hasty, who hails from Chicago, says she hopes "to introduce creativity and critical thinking into the classroom and various after-school programs, such as a creative writing club where the students and I work towards cultivating a literary magazine that publishes student poems and stories written in both English and Bahasa. To generate an interest in literature, another after-school option would be an English language society that introduces popular books."

The recent graduate's hopes to continue working with international students following her Fulbright experience.  She plans to pursue master's degrees in both education (specializing in English as a Second Language learners) and fine arts (with a focus on poetry writing).

"My experience in Malaysia will aid me in becoming a creative writing professor and the director of a university's Writing Center," she notes.

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and established in 1946, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program competition aims to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. The primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States also provide direct and indirect support. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The Program operates in over 160 countries worldwide.

The Fulbright Program awards approximately 8,000 grants annually. More than 370,000 individuals have participated in the program since its inception.

Learn more here.

DePauw University is listed among the "Top Producers of Fulbright Awards for U.S. Students, 2016-17" in the Chronicle of Higher Education. DePauw has been cited as one of the USA's top producers of Fulbright Fellows six consecutive times and in ten of the last 11 years.

See the names of DePauw's Fulbright recipients here or visit the University's Fulbright page.

DePauw students and alumni who are interested in applying for Fulbright Awards may contact Jason D. Fuller, associate professor and chair of religious studies and director of the Asian studies program, or Kate Knaul, assistant dean of experiential learning and director of national fellowships and awards.

DePauw University ranks #4 among the nation's baccalaureate institutions in the number of students who studied abroad in 2015-16, according to the 2016 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. Read more here.

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