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April 3, 2013

Two Students and One Alum from La Salle University Receive Fulbright Scholarships to Teach English, Do Research Overseas

Two students and a recent graduate from La Salle University have received Fulbright Scholarships to spend a year overseas. It is the first time since 1976 that La Salle has had three applicants receive the scholarship in the same year.

The recipients are Kevin Smith, who graduated last May with a degree in communication and will do literary research and teach English in Austria; Theresa Glinski, a senior political science major, who will teach English in Slovakia; and Thomas Shattuck, a senior history major, who will teach English in Taiwan.

All three were paired with a faculty sponsor to help guide them through the application process. Smith’s sponsor was Vincent Kling, a professor of foreign languages; Glinski’s sponsor was Marjorie Allen, Chair of the Department of Integrative Studies; and Shattuck’s sponsor was June Jiang, an associate professor of marketing.

Since 1965, more than 60 students at La Salle have received Fulbright Scholarships.

“We’re always proud when one of our students receives a Fulbright Scholarship, but to have three in one year shows the academic strength of our students and the commitment made by their faculty sponsors,” said Joseph Marbach, Ph.D., La Salle’s Provost.

The Fulbright Scholarship is one of several sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. The program operates in more than 150 countries.

Under legislation introduced by the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright of Arkansas, the Fulbright Program has given approximately 300,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.