Three Coe graduates receive prestigious Fulbright awards

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2015-05-07 10:36:26 - General

Two graduating Coe seniors and one recent alumna have received prestigious Fulbright awards for the 2015-16 academic year. This continues a rich tradition of Coe students, alumni and faculty who have received Fulbrights over the years. Coe has established itself as a leading national producer of Fulbright scholars, with 15 awardees in the past four years alone.

Coe graduates Peter Madsen '15 of Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Kelci de Haas '15 of Longmont, Colorado, have been awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship grants. Madsen will teach in Malaysia during the 2015-16 academic year. Meanwhile, de Haas will be traveling to Turkey for a teaching assignment at a developing university during the next school year.

In addition, Mary Beth Haglin '14, originally from Alexandria, Minnesota, received a Fulbright to serve in Bulgaria, but had to decline the opportunity.

Madsen majored in French and American studies at Coe, while de Haas majored in communication studies with minors in theatre arts and creative writing. Haglin majored in English and Spanish, and she earned a teaching endorsement in secondary education while at Coe.

All of the Coe award recipients received guidance from Professor Ann Struthers, who serves as the college's Fulbright Program advisor, as well as other faculty members.

Established in 1946 and sponsored by the United States Department of State, the Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the peoples of other countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills. The Fulbright Program is the largest international exchange program, providing funding for students, scholars and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research and teaching. The Fulbright U.S. Student Program sends approximately 1,500 students per year to more than 140 countries.

Coe College offers superb academics and exciting co-curricular activities in a thriving urban setting that promotes student growth and success. Established in 1851, Coe has a national reputation for academic excellence enhanced by a student-centered, highly supportive campus environment. Coe's vibrant Cedar Rapids location provides an abundance of internships for students and career opportunities for graduates.