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It’s a record-breaking year for Western Fulbright recipients

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Rebecca Donaldson of Marysville will teach English in Brazil after she graduates in June. She will also work with the Two Brothers Foundation which provides education opportunities in low-income neighborhoods. | Photo by
Valeria Fisher (’13, German and Sociology) of Bellingham will teach English in Germany and continue her research on the glorification of reckless driving in car commercials. | Photo by
Matthew Osborne (’10, General Studies) of Tacoma, will teach English in Austria. | Photo by
Liv Mothershead of Kent will teach English in Austria after graduating in June. | Photo by
Hannah Wolf (’09, Theatre) of Juneau, Alaska, will work at the National University of Theatre and Cinematography in Bucharest, Romania. | Photo by

Western Washington University alumni and students received eight prestigious Fulbright Scholarships this year, more than doubling Western’s previous best of three.

The Fulbright Program is an international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Last year, no master’s granting university in the nation had more than six Fulbright Fellowship award winners.

Meet the globe-traveling winners:

  • Rebecca Donaldson of Marysville will teach English in Brazil after she graduates in June. She will also work with the Two Brothers Foundation which provides education opportunities in low-income neighborhoods.
  • Valeria Fisher (’13, German and Sociology) of Bellingham will teach English in Germany and continue her research on the glorification of reckless driving in car commercials.

  • Elani Koogle (’12, German) of Bellingham will teach English in Germany and translate Ivan Doig’s “The Whistling Season” into German.

  • Matthew Osborne (’10, General Studies) of Tacoma, Andrew Lapidus of Vancouver, Wash., and Liv Mothershead of Kent will all teach English in Austria. Lapidus and Mothershead graduate in June.

  • Ariel Morgan (’11, Fairhaven Interdisciplinary Concentration) of Santa Fe., N.M., will teach English in Mexico.

  • Hannah Wolf (’09, Theatre) of Juneau, Alaska, will work at the National University of Theatre and Cinematography in Bucharest, Romania.