Another Luther College graduate receives Fulbright award

September 11, 2020

Luther College graduate, Joseph Keeley '20, has moved up from an alternate Fulbright award winner to a finalist. Keeley, a history and political science major from Eden Prairie, Minn., was named an alternate in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program for 2020-21 but has recently learned he is receiving the grant and will be completing an English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea.

            Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Fulbright program has delayed the start of grants until after Jan. 1, 2021. Keeley will spend that year designing and leading English classes for Korean high school students and immersing himself in Korean culture.

            "I'm excited to see what paths this year leads me to. I'm interested in human rights on the Korean peninsula and I hope to begin volunteering and working with defectors from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and hearing the experiences of those living so close to North Korea," said Keeley.

            Shannon Baker '20, from Duluth, Minn., and Madeleine Flom-Staab '20, from St. Paul, Minn., also received Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships for the 2020-21 academic year. Baker will be teaching in Peru. Flom-Staab declined the award to accept a United States Teaching Assistantship in Austria.  

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The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to forge lasting connections between the people of the U.S. and people of other countries, counter misunderstandings, and help people and nations work together toward common goals. Since its establishment in 1946, the Fulbright Program has enabled more than 390,000 dedicated and accomplished students, scholars, artists, teachers and professionals of all backgrounds to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and find solutions to shared international concerns. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the Program, which operates in more than 160 countries worldwide.

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