Furman University announced that six members of its 2020 class received Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
The class of 2020 has produced the university’s highest number of Fulbright recipients in any single year. Since 1949, 44 Furman students have received Fulbright Student Program Grants.
“Our strong German studies program and mentoring by Ilka Rasch, associate professor in the department of modern languages and literatures, have been a significant element in our Fulbright successes for many years,” said Scott Henderson, Furman’s National and International Scholars program director. “Furman applicants go through significant vetting and preparation, moreso than applicants get at larger universities, but even more attention than applicants receive at many other liberal arts and sciences colleges.”
This year’s Furman recipients are:
- Harrison Weir of Fountain Inn, who majored in German studies and politics and international affairs. He has been awarded a Fulbright teaching assistantship to Salzburg, Austria.
- Nettie “Smith” Childs of Atlanta, Georgia, who majored in Spanish and sociology. She has been awarded a Fulbright teaching assistantship to Colombia, pending that government’s continued funding during the pandemic.
- Zachary “Zach” Hughes of Chesterfield, Missouri, who majored in English. He has been awarded the university’s first Fulbright teaching assistantship to India.
- Emily Peeler of Mobile, Alabama, who majored in German studies and math-economics. She has been awarded a Fulbright teaching assistantship to Germany.
- Audrey Rotman of Ottawa Hills, Ohio, who majored in communications and German studies. She has been awarded a teaching assistantship to Salzburg, Austria.
- Samantha Whitley of Fort Mill, South Carolina, who majored in German studies and politics and international affairs. She has been awarded a Fulbright teaching assistantship to Germany.
Due to COVID-19, grants are postponed until January 2021. Once they start the program, the new graduates will teach, conduct research and provide expertise during a 10-month stint overseas.