In Past 10 Years, 26 Valpo Students and Alumni Have Received
Prestigious Fulbright Awards
Valparaiso University has achieved recognition from the United States Department of State as one of the colleges and universities that produced the most 2013-2014 Fulbright United States students. The Fulbright Program is the United States government’s flagship international educational exchange program.
“It is an honor for Valpo students to be continually recognized by the prestigious Fulbright Program,” Valparaiso University Provost Mark R. Schwehn, Ph.D., said. “This distinction is a testament to the outstanding value of a Valpo education, as well as to the hard work, dedication and leadership demonstrated by our students.”
In May, Valpo announced three 2013 graduates had received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships for 2013-2014. Valpo is the only Indiana master’s institution included on the list of top producers, which was published in this week’s edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Elizabeth Burow-Flak, associate professor and chair in the Department of English and Fulbright Program Advisor, attributed this to Valpo’s focus on internationalization.
Each of the Valpo alumni who received grants for 2013-2014 had studied abroad as undergraduates. Halina Hopkins ’13 majored in biology, environmental science and humanities at Valpo and was also in Christ College — The Honors College. Currently, she is teaching in Taiwan. Hannah Scupham ’13, an English and German major, returned to Germany to teach after spending the 2011-2012 academic year studying in Tuebingen, Germany. Sterling Summerville ’13, an international service major, is teaching in Poland, and he previously studied abroad in Namibia.