Recent Azusa Pacific University graduate Deirdre Peara, a Seattle, Washington, resident, received a prestigious Fulbright Award for the 2014–15 school year.

Peara, who graduated with a B.S. in International Business from APU on May 3, 2014, will intern at a multinational corporation in Mexico City and take graduate classes toward an MBA.

“I look forward to living in the world’s third largest city and embracing culture and customs different from my own,” Peara said. “I hope to increase my Spanish speaking proficiency and vocabulary, which will allow me to engage in professional conversations. I also see this experience as a way to further develop the international business leadership skills I learned while a student at APU.”

Peara is one of three APU graduates to receive a Fulbright Award this year, joining Casey Mangan ’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.