Recent Azusa Pacific University graduate Casey Mangan, a Santa Cruz, California, resident, received a prestigious Fulbright Award for the 2014–15 school year.

Mangan, who graduated with a B.A. in Sociology from APU on May 3, 2014, will teach English classes at a state university in Turkey.

“The Fulbright grant enables me to sharpen my intercultural and diplomatic skills by spending nine months in Turkey teaching, volunteering, and learning the language,” Mangan said. “My time as a student at APU studying abroad in South Africa, and participating in Los Angeles Term prepared me for this opportunity. My interactions with wise and encouraging professors inspired me to take this step and fuels my desire to make a difference in the lives of others as both a teacher and a learner.”

Mangan is one of three APU graduates to receive a Fulbright Award this year, joining Deirdre Peara ’14 and Craig Goodworth ’11. Thousands of students from across the U.S. apply annually for the elite scholarship, yet only about 1,500 are selected. APU boasts 30 student Fulbright scholars since 2003.

The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government 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 300,000 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.