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Samantha Raup, a recent Lycoming College graduate with a major in French from Williamsport, Pa., earned a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Grant to teach in Senegal during the 2016-2017 academic year. The grant covers room and board, health insurance and most travel expenses to the west African democracy with an official language of French.
Raup will be placed in an elementary or secondary school, or university to teach and will also take part in activities that help students practice English in a variety of settings and learn more about American culture.
“I am looking forward to interacting with students that are culturally different from me and gaining valuable teaching experience,” said Raup. “The opportunity will give me a better understanding of the challenges students face when adapting to a new country that will serve me well throughout my career.”
Raup is one of more than 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-2017 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program’s establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since then, the Program has given more than 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.
Fulbrighters address critical global challenges — from sustainable energy and climate change to public health and food security — in all areas, while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States and the world. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 54 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 33 who have served as a head of state or government.