Two Christ College Students Receive Fulbright Award

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright Program annually awards grants to approximately 1,500 American students to study, teach English, and conduct research in more than 110 countries throughout the world. The grants allow students to bridge the gap between undergraduate studies and the workforce as they enhance their knowledge not only of other cultures, but of their own skills and ambitions.

 2013 Christ College Fulbright Recipients

Halina HopkinsHalina Hopkins '13, a biology, environmental science, and humanities major from Columbus, Ind., has been offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Taiwan. Previously, she has traveled abroad to Spain and Morocco, and she hopes one day to teach science to middle school students. As a student in Christ College, Hopkins received the College’s Donnelly prize for her essay “The Environmental Ethics of Living Jim Crow.” This prize is awarded annually for an outstanding essay on people’s relationship with the environment.

An active student on Valpo’s campus, Hopkins served as a teaching assistant for the Christ College freshman program, was a member of the University’s geography honor society and biology club, and volunteered at the St. Teresa of Avila Student Center, adjacent to Valpo’s campus. She also presented work at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research and Valparaiso University’s Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship.

Hannah ScuphamHannah Scupham '13, an English and German major from Valparaiso, Ind., will return to Germany for her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, after spending the 2011-2012 academic year studying abroad in Tuebingen. She taught German in the Bridges to World Languages program, played in the Valparaiso University orchestra, and was active in the English and German honor societies.

A Christ College scholar, Scupham presented at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, and her writing won recognition in Valpo’s Wordfest Writing Contest and earned her the Margot Ann Uehling Prize for Writing, awarded annually for exceptional undergraduate essays. She also received a scholarship from Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, an organization of higher education institutions in Germany that promotes international academic relations and cooperation. Upon completion of her assistantship, Scupham intends to pursue graduate study in English.

“I am very pleased to see the hard work, dedication, and accomplishments of Halina and Hannah so deservedly well recognized by the Fulbright Program,” Valparaiso University Provost Mark Schwehn said. “This honor reflects the high academic standards that we hold for all Valparaiso University students, and I am confident that they will continue to succeed in their future endeavors.”


2012 Christ College Fulbright Recipients

Laurie KenyonThe prestigious Fulbright award was given two Christ College students who will continue their international studies while making a contribution to the cultures of South Africa and Nepal.

This award allows the selected recent graduates to use their skills within a new environment and broaden their experiences.

Laurie Kenyon, chemistry and international service major, has been offered a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. She will be teaching in an upper-level secondary school in South Africa, while researching and working within her internship.

“I am hoping to work with an international development agency,” Kenyon said.

Kenyon never imagined that her hope would soon become a reality after her graduation this month.

“I feel both incredibly excited and humbled by this amazing opportunity,” Kenyon said. “Since studying in South Africa and Namibia in the fall of 2010, I’ve wanted to go back and keep learning and experiencing the culture and people of southern Africa.”

Math major Krista Schaefer will be traveling to Nepal to begin her Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship. She hopes to be placed at a rural school in Nepal after her month-long orientation.

Krista Schaefer“I am looking forward to working not only with (the Nepal English Language Teachers’ Association) but also with all the teachers in the school to promote spoken English and encourage a friendly environment,” Schaefer said. “By working with teachers, I can develop the English curriculum to impact students after my year is over.”

Schaefer said she has had many great experiences throughout her years at Valpo, especially with the help of her history professor and father, Chuck Schaefer.

“Professor Schaefer was extremely helpful,” Krista Schaefer said. “Not only is he always excited about the opportunities I’ve had in college and plans for after, but he is the greatest dad because of the role model that he has been.”