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Nelson Blake '19 to Teach in Germany with Fulbright Award

Nelson Blake '19 to Teach in Germany with Fulbright Award

May 11, 2019

Nelson Blake, a member of DePauw University's senior class, will spend the upcoming academic year teaching English in Germany after being awarded an English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

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.

Blake becomes the fourth member of the DePauw community to be announced as recipients of Fulbright awards for the 2019-20 academic year. Two other current seniors have received ETA's: Liam Byrnes will travel to Thailand, while Peper Langhout will teach in India. Conner Gordon, a 2016 graduate of DePauw, has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student scholarship and will spend the upcoming academic year conducting research in Serbia.

A double major in German and environmental geoscience, Blake is an initiate of Phi Beta Kappa. His desire to study German was developed through an interest in the history of his family, which settled in Texas from Germany. During his time at DePauw he has had the opportunity to both study and work in Germany where he has gained advanced proficiency in the language. He has completed internships for SirPlus, a food waste startup, in Berlin, Germany as well as for Highfield Energy, an alternative energy company, in Dublin, Ireland.

Blake will spend the coming year teaching English in the German state of Sachsen-Anhalt. After his year in Germany he plans to continue his studies in graduate school.

He states, "Having lost my grandfather this past November, who was my biggest inspiration for wanting to learn German, receiving the Fulbright has a whole new meaning and importance to me, especially since I have learned that I will be placed in the state from which his family immigrated to America. In particular, I would like to thank Professor Inge Aures for her encouraging me to apply for Fulbright."

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 390,000 individuals have participated in the program since its inception.

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 eight 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 from the 2018-19 academic year, DePauw, with seven Fulbright recipients, is Indiana's top liberal arts college in the listing of "Institutions Producing the Most Fulbright Students: Bachelor's Institutions" and is tied for #9 in the nation. It's the twelfth time in the last 13 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 Ashley Puzzo, assistant professor of philosophy and interim director of student awards and fellowships.

DePauw University ranks seventh among the nation's four-year baccalaureate colleges for the number of students who receive academic credit for studying abroad (494), according to the 2018 Open Doors® Report on International Educational Exchange. DePauw has consistently been among the Open Doors' leading colleges for more than a decade.  Read more here.