Azusa Pacific University student Darrel “Alex” Thiel, an Everett, Washington, resident, received a prestigious Fulbright Award for 2020.

Thiel, who received his Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology from APU in May 2019, will travel to Malaysia under an English Teaching Assistantship from the Fulbright Program.

“I hope to create lasting relationships while teaching my students English and learning about the Malaysian culture,” said Thiel. “My professors at APU, along with my involvement in several outreach programs, equipped me to dive into new experiences and be open to any challenges or opportunities that come my way.”

Thiel is one out of approximately 1,600 U.S. students, out of hundreds of thousands of applicants, who will travel abroad this year through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program. Fulbright participants are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential. APU boasts 40 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 390,000 Fulbright participants.

Darrel “Alex” Thiel
Darrel “Alex” Thiel


Rachel White
Associate Director of Public Relations
Phone: (626) 815-4502