Five Luther College students named Fulbright semi-finalists

February 28, 2023

Luther College is proud to announce that five students are semi-finalists in the 2023-24 Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Operating in 160 countries worldwide, the Fulbright Program is the largest and most esteemed exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. It is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

The Luther College semi-finalists are: 

  • Sarah Damhof ’22 – English Teaching Assistantship in Uganda
  • Hannah Hoffmann ’23 – English Teaching Assistantship in the Czech Republic
  • Gideon Perez ’23 – English Teaching Assistantship in the Slovak Republic
  • Sadie Pichelmann ’23 – English Teaching Assistantship in the Slovak Republic
  • Berit Skogen ’23 – English Teaching Assistantship in Norway

These students were approved by the National Steering Committee and selected among the nearly 10,000 applicants on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. 

The Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Program places recent college graduates and young professionals abroad as assistant English teachers in classrooms from primary through university level.

The finalists will be announced this spring.


Sarah Damhof '22


Hannah Hoffmann '23


Gideon Perez '23


Sadie Pichelmann '23


Berit Skogen '23

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