Senior Awarded Fulbright Grant
April 11, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University senior Emily Coles has been awarded
a Fulbright grant to teach in Bulgaria.
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.
“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. “Fellowships
are awarded competitively to candidates nationally who best and most clearly demonstrate
how the Fulbright experience will enhance their future activities as well as impact
the community where they are placed.”
Coles will begin her 10-month work teaching English in Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria, this
September. “This is such an incredible program. It is such an honor to be chosen,”
said Coles, who also plans to volunteer for a non-governmental organization while
she is in Bulgaria. “I look forward to the chance to expand my experience in a new
and challenging environment.”
An international studies and French double major from Champaign, Ill., Coles has traveled
extensively throughout her college career, performing internships at the Dutch Parliament
in The Hague, the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and for the U.S.
Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Coles has been named to several honors societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, the international
honors society Phi Beta Delta, the national French honor society Pi Delta Phi and
the national first-year honors society Phi Eta Sigma. She is a member of the Alpha
Phi Omega service fraternity, and is an active volunteer for the Humane Society.
Contact: Rachel Hatch, (309) 556-3960