Azusa Pacific University Ph.D. student, Robert Bethke, an Altadena resident, received a prestigious Fulbright Award for 2019-2020.

Bethke, who will receive his Ph.D. in Higher Education from APU in 2020, will travel under the Fulbright Award to teach undergraduate courses and conduct research at LCC International University in Lithuania, examining students’ global citizenship identification and how their college experience at LCC influences that identity.

“My career is focused on encouraging an expanded (global) identity so that humanity can work together to address the many challenges of the 20th century,” said Bethke. “The Fulbright award is a perfect fit to support this mission, and I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to represent APU and the United States while I am abroad.”

Bethke 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 41 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.

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Fulbright Award recipient Robert Bethke


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