Recent Azusa Pacific University graduate Tara Edwards, a resident of Victorville, California, received a prestigious Fulbright Award for the 2018-19 school year.
“In South Africa, my goal is to cultivate cultural understanding and tolerance, which will improve country relations and cultural appreciation. This includes breaking down barriers associated with cultural stigmas, appropriations, and biases,” Edwards said. “Through my coursework at APU, I have learned how to be an innovative educator by diversifying curriculum and integrating students’ prior knowledge and cultural experiences into the classroom.”
Edwards is one of four APU graduates to receive a Fulbright Award this year, joining Corrie Henderson, B.A. ’17, Camilla Reese, B.A. ’18, and Katherine Ruprecht, M.A. ’18. Fulbright participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. The Fulbright Program selects only about 1,600 U.S. students a year out of hundreds of thousands of applicants. APU boasts 39 Fulbright students 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.” Fulbright participants receive the opportunity to study, teach, conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Since the program’s origin in 1946, there have been approximately 370,000 Fulbright participants.
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