Morgan King, a civil engineering major from Charleston, has been selected to receive a Fulbright Scholarship.
The Fulbright Program, the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program, enables students to study, teach or conduct research while increasing mutual understanding between Americans and people of other countries.
“The success of
this year’s group of Fulbright applicants really speaks to the growing global
vision of our students, to the interest they have in making a global impact,
and in the preparation they are gaining here during their undergraduate
education,” said Ryan Claycomb, faculty adviser for the Fulbright Program. “If
these students are representing West Virginia University to the world, then we
are well represented indeed.”
King's experience with the Model United Nations helped her understand the importance of diplomacy as a mechanism for change. She is minoring in International and Comparative Politics and is a member of the Honors College. King will pursue an independent project outside of her English teaching assignment in Madrid, Spain, that will promote the intersection of science and policy. By having the opportunity to teach diplomacy through the simulation of the United Nations system and to educate students on how science, technology, engineering, and mathematics can contribute to the international dialogue, she believes she will expand her understanding.
“This experience pairs well with my long-term goals to
improve the quality of life in West Virginia,” King said. “I truly believe
through experiencing other cultures and perspectives as global citizens, we can
begin to better understand our own."
The ASPIRE Office supports students who want to compete for nationally competitive awards like the Fulbright Scholarship. Students who are interested in applying can email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.