Claire Pullan, a Furman University senior from Aiken, has won a Fulbright U.S. Student Program award for an English Teaching Assistantship for the 2018-2019 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.
Pullan, the daughter of Tom and Mary Pullan of Aiken, is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will study, conduct research, and teach abroad for the 2018-2019 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected based on academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and leadership potential in their respective fields.
While serving as a cultural ambassador for the United States, Pullan, a French and psychology double major, will help teach English to children in grades 1-6 who reside in Changhua County, Taiwan. She’ll also lead supplemental after-school activities.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. It is funded through an annual appropriation by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. 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.
Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has given more than 380,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, professionals 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 in all areas while building relationships, knowledge, and leadership in support of the long-term interests of the United States. Fulbright alumni have achieved distinction in many fields, including 59 who have been awarded the Nobel Prize, 82 who have received Pulitzer Prizes, and 37 who have served as a head of state or government.
For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit http://eca.state.gov/fulbright. Or contact the Furman News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107.