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Sarah Pearson '18 to Teach in Brazil with Fulbright Award

Sarah Pearson '18 to Teach in Brazil with Fulbright Award

June 29, 2018

Sarah Pearson, a May 2018 graduate of DePauw University, will teach English in Brazil during the upcoming academic year as the recipient of an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

Pearson becomes the eighth member of the DePauw community to be announced as recipients of Fulbright awards for the 2018-19 academic year. Five other May 2018 graduates have been honored: Through Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships; Rachel Higson '18 will spend the upcoming academic year teaching English in Taiwan; Maya Cotton '18 will teach English in Morocco; and Kirstyn Walker, a 2016 graduate of DePauw, will teach English in Greece. Erin Nicole Lupardus '18, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship and will spend the next academic year in Austria, where she will teach English at a secondary school and conduct research, while Greisy Genao '18 will do research in the Dominican Republic, and Mary Ann Etling '18 will go to Uganda to conduct research, "Empowering Ugandan Families Impacted by Disability." Miranda S. Spivack, Eugene S. Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism at DePauw, has received an award from the the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program and will spend the Spring 2019 semester in Macedonia.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It awards approximately 8,000 grants annually in more than 160 countries worldwide. More than 380,000 individuals have participated in the program since its inception.

An anthropology and Spanish major at DePauw, Pearson studied abroad in Chile during the spring semester of 2017.

Pearson, who has taught in both the United States and Chile, wrote in her Fulbright application, "I want to help others develop the skills to engage in more cross-cultural encounters. I will contribute my tutor training as well as my speaking and writing skills."

During her Fulbright experience, Pearson plans to create a high school environmental club that increases dialog and awareness within her host community. "I envision the group communicating with community leaders and assisting with local environmental endeavors. Students will also be able to learn and practice English as a group."

The recent graduate's future plans include working on a master's degree in education and broadening her work in teaching English to those with different native languages.

In 1945, Senator J. William Fulbright introduced a bill in the United States Congress that called for the use of surplus war property to fund the "promotion of international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science." On August 1, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed the bill into law, and Congress created the Fulbright Program, the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Government. From its inception, the Fulbright Program has fostered bilateral relationships in which citizens and governments of other countries work with the U.S. to set joint priorities and shape the program to meet shared needs. The world has been transformed in ensuing decades, but the fundamental principle of international partnership remains at the core of the Fulbright mission.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is a program of the U.S. Department of State, funded by an annual appropriation from the U.S. Congress to the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and supported in its implementation by the Institute of International Education. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.

DePauw University has been listed for seven consecutive years as one of the nation's leading colleges in producing winners of Fulbright scholarships by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Based on data for 2017-18, nine DePauw students won Fulbrights and 26 students at the University applied for the prestigious awards.  DePauw is the only Indiana college on the liberal arts college list. It's the eleventh time in the last 12 years that DePauw has been listed among the American colleges and universities that produce the most Fulbright Scholars.

DePauw students and alumni who are interested in applying for Fulbright Awards may contact Kate Knaul, associate dean of undergraduate research & fellowships.

DePauw University ranks #8 among the nation's baccalaureate institutions in the number of students who study abroad, according to the 2017 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange. You'll find details in this summary.

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