Azusa Pacific University alumnus Craig Goodworth, a Newberg, Oregon, resident received a prestigious Fulbright Award for the 2014–15 school year.

Goodworth, who graduated with a Master of Fine Arts from APU in 2011, will conduct research on geography, honey bees, and sustainability in the Slovak Republic. His project will culminate in an installation at the Bratislava Academy of Fine Art and a companion installation at Oregon State University upon his return to the U.S.

“My grandfather left Slovakia as a child, and I am the first member of my family to return,” Goodworth said. “This Fulbright allows me to enrich my art practice by investigating the people and places of Slovakia and cultivating a cross-cultural dimension to my art and writing.”

Goodworth is one of three APU graduates to receive a Fulbright Award this year, joining Casey Mangan ’14 and Deirdre Peara ’14. 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.