Alumna Receives Fulbright Award
July 20, 2010
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright
Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently that Lauren Ostrowski has been awarded
a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship. The 2005 Illinois Wesleyan University
graduate will teach English part-time at a secondary school and continue her graduate
studies at a local university in Madrid.
Ostrowski, who graduated with a degree in English-writing and Hispanic Studies, is
one of more than 1,500 United States citizens who will travel abroad for the 2010-2011
academic year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. She will remain in Spain
for nine and a half months, or one full academic school year.
The Fulbright Program, which operates in more than 155 countries, is the flagship
international educational exchange program sponsored by the United States government
and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United
States and the people of other countries. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected
on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership
potential in their fields.
Ostrowski cites her previous experiences abroad in Madrid and Mexico and her current
work as an Academic Project Manager at IES Abroad (a not-for-profit organization that
provides study abroad opportunities for United States university students), as the
main factors in her decision to apply for the scholarship.
“Fulbright’s mission of international exchanges as a means for education and understanding
successfully combines my professional and academic interests, my love of cultural
and linguistic exploration and my enthusiasm for the Spanish language and culture,”
During her time in Madrid, Ostrowski plans to organize a creative writing workshop
for English language learners, allowing them to form a sense of identity, expand their
vocabularies and articulate more freely in a second language.
“Creative writing in a second language allows students to focus on utilizing the language
as a means for communication and expression rather than simply providing a ‘right’
answer,” said Ostrowski.
She plans to publish these written pieces in a weekly pamphlet, literary magazine
or class blog.
Jessica Hinterlong ‘11, (309) 556-3181