Alumnus Carl Westphal ’08 receives Fulbright award

June 17, 2010

The Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has announced that Luther College alumnus Carl Westphal has been selected for a Fulbright award for 2010-11.

A highly competitive award, the Fulbright foreign scholarship award provides funds for a year's educational experience abroad, including travel, health insurance and a living stipend.

Westphal, a native of Chaseburg, Wis., graduated magna cum laude from Luther in 2008. He majored in mathematics and economics. He will serve as an English teaching assistant in Egypt.

After graduation Westphal served as a small business development volunteer with the Peace Corps until he was evacuated from Mauritania in August. He is currently working as a demand forecast analyst at Best Buy's corporate headquarters.

Westphal submitted his post-graduate education proposal to the Fulbright program through the college's honors advisory committee. Final selections are made by the 12-member Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Sponsored by the State Department, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program, offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide.

Grantees are expected to become involved in the communities in which they travel and serve during their year abroad to increase understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the more than 150 countries that currently participate in the Fulbright Program.

The program, introduced to Congress by Senator J. William Fulbright, was established in 1946 in order to foster leadership, learning and empathy between cultures. Since its inception, approximately 300,000 Fulbrighters have participated in the program.

Fulbright scholars have been awarded 40 Nobel Prizes. Fulbright alumni have become heads of state, cabinet ministers, ambassadors, heads of corporations, artists, university presidents, journalists, professors and teachers. Among the most notable grantees are actor John Lithgow, composer Philip Glass, opera singer Renee Fleming and economist Joseph Stiglitz.