AZUSA, Calif. — In addition to two recent graduates named Fulbright Scholars this year, Azusa Pacific University alumnus and 2010 recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship, Brian Kraft, was selected to renew his scholarship and continue teaching abroad.
Kraft, a Redmond, Wash. resident, graduated from APU in 2010 with a B.A. in English and a TESOL minor. He spent the past year teaching English in Indonesia as an English Teaching Assistant (ETA) and was invited by Fulbright to return for a second year. He will also assist in the ETA orientation program.
Kraft joins this year's recipients Benjamin Berk and Katherine Scroggs and 14 APU alumni who have taught and studied with a Fulbright Grant in countries like Bangladesh, Belgium, China, Indonesia, Korea, Macau, Romania, Slovakia, Tunisia, and Turkey.
The ETA program places U.S. students as English teaching assistants in schools or universities overseas, serving two purposes: improving foreign students' English language abilities and knowledge of the United States and increasing the Fulbright student's understanding of the host country's culture and language.
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. Each year, Fulbright offers more than 1,200 American grantees the ability to study abroad. Established in 1946, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills.