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Eckerd Graduate Grace Gair Awarded Fulbright Scholarship to Study in South Korea

posted on 07/15/2008

Eckerd College graduate Grace Gair '08 has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Scholarship to South Korea to teach English as a foreign language, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

Follow Grace's experience as she blogs about her year in South Korea

The Fulbright program is the government's flagship program in international educational exchange. Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

Grace is one of over 1,450 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad during the 2008-09 academic year through the U.S. Student Program. She began a 6-week language intensive orientation on July 7 at Chuncheon National University of Education. During the 2008-09 academic year, her duties will include 20 hours of teaching per week with as much as 30-40 hours of class preparation and assisting other Korean teachers. Her accommodations will include a homestay and a monthly stipend of 1.3 million Won (about $1300 USD).

Fulbright Fellow Grace Gair
Grace graduated in May 2008 with high honors with a double major in Anthropology and International Relations and Global Affairs and a minor in Spanish. At the Commencement ceremony, she received the Ronald Wilson Memorial Award, which is presented to a senior student who has made a significant contribution to the total College community.

Grace served as a captain of the Eckerd College Ethics Bowl Team, a Resident Advisor and Assistant Residence Coordinator. As a senior, she provided superb leadership as President of the Eckerd College Organization of Students, managing a budget of over $400,000 and sharing the stage with feminist icon Gloria Steinem at a Women's History Month event. Grace played an important role in the implementation of the College's honor code system and helped initiate a program focused on academic integrity and community responsibility that was integrated into Eckerd's Autumn Term orientation program for the freshman class.

The daughter of Gordon and Patty Gair of Fort Myers, Florida, Grace entered Eckerd as a Florida Presidential Fellow with a Florida Bright Futures Scholarship. She is a Ford Apprentice Scholar, and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and Phi Beta Kappa. Her long-term goal is to become a college professor.

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