St. Scholastica student wins Fulbright grant

Thursday, April 02, 2015

A College of St. Scholastica student has won a grant from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and will spend several months helping teach English in Colombia.Laura Blasena, who will complete her bachelor’s degree in elementary education in May, will be working as a teaching assistant in a Colombian teacher’s college.

“I’ve been given an opportunity that not many people get to experience,” Blasena said. “I now have a responsibility to be a cultural ambassador as well. Part of the program gives me the opportunity to learn, but the other part of the program is about what I can give back to the community.”

With a goal of promoting mutual understanding among nations, the Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for English Teaching Assistant Programs. Grants cover transportation to the host country along with room and board. Students are selected for the award based on the quality of their proposal, academic/professional record, and personal qualifications, among other considerations.

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