A Seton Hall University undergraduate has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, a prestigious grant that will take her to Indonesia for ten months during the 2010-2011 school year.
Grace Chung is a senior with a major in Diplomacy and International Relations. She is the second Seton Hall Fulbrighter in this year's cohort.
Chung's application emphasized her passion for diplomacy and teaching, in addition to her experience as an editor and as a journalist. While in Indonesia, she will teach English-language skills to high school students in the classroom while, after school, she aims to establish a school newspaper as a venue for students to work on their writing skills.
Several members of the Seton Hall community supported Chung's Fulbright application with enthusiastic letters, including Dean Courtney Smith (Diplomacy & International Relations), Dr. Louise Stanton (Political Science), and Dr. Philip Moremen (Diplomacy & International Relations).
After an orientation in August, Chung will serve as an English teacher at a high school yet to be determined. For the duration of her stay in Indonesia, the Fulbright award will pay for all transportation, living, and medical insurance expenses. Upon her return to the U.S., Chung aims to continue her education, ultimately seeking a career as a diplomat.
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Chung is the eighth Seton Hall student to become a Fulbright Scholar. In a 2004-2005 Fulbright award to Belgium and Luxembourg, Yevgeniy E. Oleynikov studied European Union foreign policy toward the U.S. In 1994-1995, Theresa M. Napolitano studied Sweden's role in regional civilian defense while on a Fulbright award to that country. More recently, the 2008-2009 school year brought Fulbright awards to Seton Hall students Julia Edwards (Norway), Lisa Rubenthaler (Spain), Marie Pineda (South Korea), and Kristin Pe (Taiwan). This year, M.A. student Kaitey Sheldon won a Fulbright award to Slovakia.
Seton Hall's growing Fulbright initiative is an important aspect of the university's increasing internationalization efforts. While only two Seton Hall students applied for Fulbright awards in 2007-2008, 11 applied in the next year's cycle, and 13 this year, including Chung. The university's Fellowships Advisor, Dr. James J. Kimble, hopes to hear word of additional Fulbright awards in the coming weeks. Students in next year's senior class and any graduate students interested in a Fulbright application in the upcoming application cycle should contact Kimble to prepare their application, due in mid-September. The program supports study and teaching grants in over 140 countries across the world.
For more information please contact:
James Kimble, Ph.D.