Ten Portland State students win Fulbright and Boren grants for international study
Author: University Communications
Posted: June 5, 2015

Ten Portland State University students have been awarded federal Fulbright and Boren grants to study overseas in 2015-16. The awards mark an increase in outreach and support at PSU for competitive international educational exchange programs.

David L. Boren Scholarships and Fellowships, offered by the National Security Education Program, are part of a federal initiative to increase the number of U.S. citizens with foreign language and international skills. Boren award recipients agree to work in the federal government for a period of at least one year.

PSU's Boren Scholarship recipients are all studying Russian in Kazakhstan through the Russian Flagship Program. They are: Huell White, William Forrest Holden, Connor Michelotti, Anthony Castaneda and Conrad Henkel.

The Fulbright U.S. Student Program, sponsored by the U.S. Government, awards about 1,900 grants each year to 140 countries for individually designed study and research projects or for English Teaching Assistant Programs. During their time abroad, Fulbright scholars work and live with the people of the host country to promote cultural exchange.

PSU’s 2015-16 Fulbright student winners and research topics are:

  • Garry Sotnik – Ukraine, forest use and management practices in the Carpathian Mountains
  • Sarah Keeney – Colombia, English Teaching Assistant with a project in community-based environmental conservation.
  • Christopher Hascall – South Korea, English Teaching Assistant with a project on American Culture Clubs
  • Michael H. Myers – Indonesia, Forest Livelihoods and Conservation Initiatives in Borneo
  • Heather Johnson – Turkey, English Teaching Assistant

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