AZUSA, Calif. — Annually, thousands of students and faculty from across the U.S. apply for a Fulbright Scholarship to teach or conduct research abroad. This year, two Azusa Pacific University professors and five students were chosen to receive this elite award. APU boasts 36 Fulbright recipients (27 students and 9 faculty) in just 11 years.

  • Thomas Cairns, DBA, associate professor in APU’s School of Business and Management, will teach at the undergraduate and graduate levels and conduct research at National University of Ireland, Maynooth.

  • Cheryl Westlake Canary, RN, Ph.D., ACNS-BC, professor and associate dean of international and community programs, will teach heart failure care and conduct research in Quito, Ecuador, at the Universidad de San Francisco.

  • Lauren Bugg, a 2013 graduate with a B.A. in English and Communication Studies, will teach English in Turkey.

  • Cameron Demetre, a 2013 graduate with a B.A. in Global Studies, will teach English in South Korea.

  • Aly Easton, a 2012 graduate with a B.A. in Theater Arts, will study deaf theater in Italy.

  • Chad Richard, a 2012 graduate with a B.A. in English Literature, will teach English in Brazil.

  • Justin Strong, a 2008 graduate with a B.A. in Biblical Studies, will conduct theological research in Germany.

“These Fulbright awards represent APU’s continued success in a challenging national competition, and demonstrate our commitment to scholarship at the highest levels,” said Provost Mark Stanton, Ph.D., ABPP. “The remarkable opportunities these Fulbright recipients engage in abroad not only enhance their research and life experiences, but also contribute to the internationalization of the APU community upon their return. We celebrate their successes and we are proud of their accomplishments.”

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program 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.” The Fulbright Program has provided more than 318,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to study, teach, and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.