In June 2003, two Azusa Pacific University graduates became the first alumni in university history to receive Fulbright Scholarships. Through the U.S. Fulbright Student Program, Robert Brigham ’01 and Annette McCabe ’03 will spend 10 months conducting research and educating youth in foreign countries.
“Growing the Fulbright Scholarship Program on APU’s campus not only advances our goal to build a culture of scholarship, but it also affords us the opportunity to compete at a national level for recognition with an organization whose mission and purpose dovetail with our own,” said Diane Guido, Ph.D., vice provost for undergraduate programs and APU’s Fulbright Program advisor.
Brigham plans to develop a music education program for children in Romanian orphanages. When these children leave at age 18, they are often left with underdeveloped social and professional skills. Brigham hopes that providing these orphans with music education will equip them with life skills, while also experiencing the benefit of music’s therapeutic qualities. A 2001 graduate with a B.A. in Music, Brigham currently serves as director of marketing and concert administration for APU’s School of Music.
McCabe is 1 of 30 recipients of the Islamic Civilization Grant, which aims to advance knowledge and understanding of Islam and Islamic history and culture. During her 10-month experience abroad, she will study class and generational differences in how Tunisian women view themselves and their roles in society and the family. This study intends to build bridges between the Arab culture and the United States. McCabe graduated from APU in 2003 with a B.A. in Sociology and Biblical Studies.
“It is exciting to have two Fulbright Scholars for 2003-04. This confirms the high academic caliber of our graduates as they were selected from an applicant pool of more than 5,000 students,” said Guido. “The rigorous two-step process includes first a national competition and then a competition in the country to which they are applying. With these awards, APU joins the ranks of nationally competitive universities.”
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and offers scholarship opportunities for recent graduates, postgraduate candidates, and developing professionals and artists to conduct career-launching study and research abroad. The program, in existence for 56 years, awards nearly 1,000 grants annually.