Edmond resident Megan Hulshizer has received a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Germany for the English Teaching Assistantship from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Hulshizer will be teaching in Hamburg as part of the program.
She is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will teach, conduct research, and provide expertise abroad for the 2016-17 academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. Recipients of Fulbright awards are selected on the basis of academic and professional achievement as well as record of service and demonstrated leadership in their respective fields.
Hulshizer is the daughter of Ron and Leslie Hulshizer of Edmond.
Megan graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2011 with a double major in European studies and German.
“When you apply for the Fulbright, you get to choose which country you would like to be assigned to,” Megan said. “I chose Germany because I studied abroad in Austria during my junior year at OU, and German was one of my majors.”
In order to teach in a foreign country, one must be fluent in the language of that nation.
“German language skills are required to be a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Germany, so I knew I would be able to continue to practice my German,” Hulshizer said.
“Also, I have visited the country multiple times before, and I love the culture, the food, the landscape and the people. I have never been as far north as Hamburg, though, so I am excited to see the difference in accent and language, as well as local food and customs.”
Megan said she will be in Hamburg for one academic year, from September until June 2017.
“I will be teaching English to high school students. I taught English classes in South Korea to kindergarten students, so high school will be a big change,” Megan said.
She added the classes in Hamburg will probably focus more on American culture and life, and less on basic grammar.
“I’m sure the American election will be a much discussed topic,” Megan said.
She will leave Sept. 6 and orientation begins Sept. 12.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build relations between the people of the United States and the people of other countries that are needed to solve global challenges. The Fulbright Program is funded through an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State. Participating governments and host institutions, corporations, and foundations around the world also provide direct and indirect support to the program, which operates in over 160 countries worldwide.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program’s establishment in 1946 under legislation introduced by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas. Since then, the program has given more than 360,000 students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.