April 19, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University senior Jason Roeschley has been awarded a Fulbright grant to teach in Mexico. He is the second IWU senior to win one of the coveted Fulbright awards this year.
Operating in 150 countries worldwide, the Fulbright Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Envisioned by U.S. Sen. J. William Fulbright in 1945, the program promotes a mutual understanding between people of the United States and other countries of the world. Since its inception, more than 100,000 Americans have studied, taught or researched abroad with the program.
Roeschley, a Hispanic Studies major from Flanagan, Ill., will return to Mexico, for 10 months, where he will teach English. Roeschley spent the fall semester of his junior year studying abroad at the University of Guanajuato in Guanajuato, Mexico, where he also volunteered for English conversational workshops at the Self-Learning Language Center.
“With so many people in the United States, and all over the world, speaking Spanish, this is an important time to open the doors between English and Spanish speakers,” said Roeschley, who also tutored local Spanish-speaking residents in English as second language classes last summer.
After his 10-month stint in Mexico with the Fulbright program, Roeschley will return to Bloomington-Normal and work toward his master’s degree in Spanish at Illinois State University.
“Fulbright program participants possess strong academic merit, great leadership potential a passion for exploring and resolving international concerns,” said Fulbright advisor and Associate Professor of Hispanic Studies Christina Isabelli-Garcia.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960